Richard Keeler

Richard Keeler
Professor of Physics and Astronomy
University of Victoria

B.Sc. (McGill), PhD (British Columbia)

Office: Elliott 218

As a researcher and an instructor, my goal has been to demonstrate the excitement and beauty of physics to undergraduate and graduate students through my research. My research interests are focussed on using the ATLAS detector at the CERN LHC Collider in Geneva Switzerland to explore physics at the energy frontier. I have specialized in weak interactions in high energy physics and the associated instrumentation and analysis tools. Visit the research section of this website for further information.Recent undergraduate courses I am teaching are first year calculus based physics and third year electrodynamics. Graduate courses I have taught centre around analysis and experimental techniques in particle physics.

I have held a number of administrative positions. I was seconded to the position of Associate Vice-President Research (2004-2009) and before that I was Director of the Institute of Particle Physics for Canada (IPP).

Research interests

  • Electroweak physics
  • Detector development
  • Accelerator development
In this Faces of UVic Research video, Richard Keeler talks about his research as a particle physicist studying space, matter, and our Universe.

Professor Richard Keeler (University of Victoria Physics and Astronomy) graduated from McGill in 1976 with a BSc degree with honours. He completed a PhD from UBC in 1981. Working at CERN on the UA1 project as an NSERC postdoctoral fellow with Queen Mary College, University of London, he designed and built the minimum bias trigger used in the discovery of the W and Z bosons.  In 1983, he became an NSERC University Research Fellow and assistant professor at the University of Victoria. He was the Victoria group leader for the OPAL experiment where his team had an international reputation for precision measurements using the tau lepton and studied the quantum entanglement of W boson pairs. In 2000, he chaired the NSERC subatomic physics grant selection committee. He was the director of the Canadian institute of Particle Physics from 2001 to 2004 and then became the associate vice-president for research at the University of Victoria between 2004-2009. He is a founding member of the ATLAS Canada collaboration and was deputy spokesperson from 1999-2000. He has been a member of many Canadian and international committees in particle physics and accelerator development.

Selected publications


  • Measurement of the low-mass Drell-Yan differential cross section at sqrt(s)=7 TeV using the ATLAS detector  arXiv:1404.1212




Warm liquids (calorimetry)

- Construction and Operation of an Ion Chamber consisting of Lead Plates immersed in 2,2,4,4 Tetramethylpentane      DOI: 10.1109/94.983882

- Operation of an Ion Chamber consisting of Lead Plates immersed in 2,2,4,4 Tetramethylpentane    DOI:10.1016/S0168-9002(99)00024-8

- Saturation of Ion Yield in 2,2,4,4-Tetramethylpentane for Nonrelativistic Particles  DOI:10.1016/0168-9002(93)91050-W

- The Electronic Response of 2,2,4,4-Tetramethylpentane to Minimum Ionizing Particles

DOI: 10.1016/0168-9002(91)90553-3

Data Analysis Techniques
- Propagation of Errors for Matrix Inversion

Radiation Tests of Detectors 

I teach first year introductory calculus based physics and thrid year electrodynamics. These courses are available to University of Victoria Students using CourseSpaces.

Graduate courses and summer school contributions can be found here.

P110 Demo file

  • Symposium for Dr. C. J. Oram pdf
  • Low-Mass Drell Yan Cross Section talk at the ATLAS Canada 2014 Workshop pdf
Group Photo (2013)
A group photo taken in 2013
Current Graduate Students
  • Brock Moir (MSc) “A Correction to the Modelled Jet energy Resolution of the ATLAS Detector”
  • Ryan Porter (MSc) “An Electronic Model of  the Phase-1 Upgrade Hadron Endcap Calorimeter Readout Crate Base Plane”
  • Tony Kwan (PhD) “ A multidimensional measurement of low mass Drell Yan using the ATLAS Detector”
  • Alison Elliott (PhD) “A search for Dark matter Candidates using the ATLAS Detector”
Graduated Students (UVic)
  • under construction