Mario Martínez

Mario Martínez

Institut de Física d'Altes Energies

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics

Born in Madrid, he studied Theoretical Physics at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He spent many years at DESY in Hamburg (Germany) studying deeply inelastic scattering in the ZEUS experiment, where he obtained his PhD and then worked as DESY researcher. In 2001, he moved to USA to work in Fermilab. He participated in the CDF experiment at the Tevatron  collider, with emphasis on searches for new physics. In 2007 he moved back to Europe and started working also in the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN,  initiating operations in 2009. Since then he was acting as project leader of the IFAE-Barcelona group in ATLAS. In 2015 he was appointed Head of IFAE Experimental Division, Scientific Manager of the Spanish High Energy Physics, and Scientific Delegate in CERN's Council. Starting in 2018, he initiated a new activity  related to Gravitational Waves Physics with the LIGO-Virgo-KAGRA interferometers.

Research interests

I originally focused on QCD studies and searches for new physics beyond the Standard Model at particle physics collider experiments in Europe and USA. This translates into hundreds of publications, tens of conference talks, and 13 PhD theses that I supervised to date. Since 2009, I focused on the LHC physics program at CERN.  In 2012 the LHC experiments (ATLAS and CMS) discovered the Higgs boson.  In  the period 2009-2015, I led a group of scientists from IFAE-Barcelona that analyzes the data from the ATLAS experiment. In  2015 I took  responsibilities as Head of IFAE Experimental Division (untill September 2020),  Scientific Manager of the Spanish High Energy Physics Program (until June 2018), and Scientific Delegate to CERN Council (until June 2018). In November 2018, I initiated at IFAE a brand new involvement in Gravitational Wave Physics in the Virgo interferometer with emphasis on those aspects related to fundamental physics and cosmology. In  the last two years, the IFAE group  has been developing new detectors for instrumenting the most sensitive and delicate parts of Virgo (the areas covered by baffles surrounding  the suspended mirrors under vacuum) to monitor and control the stray light propagating throughout the interferometer, a limiting factor for its sensitivity. I am also involved in the preparation of the Einstein Telescope (ET) 3rd-generation  inteferometer project,  as member of the ET Steeting committee and co-chair of the Scattered Light Working Group in ET's Instrument Science Board.


Selected research activities

  • Member of CMS Phase 2 Upgrade Group at CERN.
  • Head of IFAE Experimental Division (until September 2020).
  • PI of Gravitational Waves group at IFAE.
  • Member of the Virgo Steering Committee.
  • Member of the Virgo Organization Committee for the preparation of new bylaws.
  • Member of the Steering Committee for the Einstein Telescope Project.
  • Member of the LIGO-Virgo-KAGRA Committee for Climate Change.
  • Five PhD students under my direct supervision in ATLAS and Virgo experiments.
  • Three Master Theses concluded in 2020 and three additional ones under my supersivison.
  • Reviewer for Physical Review and JHEP Journals.
  • Several Talks in Conferences and Workshops.
  • Co-organizer of the 2020 Virtural Iberian Gravitational Waves Meeting