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Prof. David Bailey

Particle Physics (Experimental)

Experimental high energy physics, exotic physics, error analysis, monte carlo simulation, physics education.

Telephone: 416-978-4993
Fax: 416-978-8221
e-mail: dbailey @physics.utoronto.ca
Office: McLennan Physics Room 919

Address: Physics Department, 60 St. George Street, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada M5S 1A7 

Research Interests

No scientific measurement is complete without an estimate of its uncertainty, but how accurate are these estimates and what do they they mean? My current research focuses on better understanding scientific uncertainty and error. This interest has grown out of my experience as experimental high energy physicist searching for exotic new physics such leptoquarks, new forces, or millicharged particles. Since there are many more ways to be wrong than to be right, such searches require great care in understanding how mundane errors can mislead us. Even the best measurements can be wrong.

Teaching is meaningless if it doesn't help students learn, so I have a strong interest in Physics Education Research, especially in how to best help students learn the skills of a physicist.

Publications (from inSPIRE database)

Previous Experiments

ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, ZEUS at DESY, SDC at SSC, ASTERIX at LEAR, and E531 at Fermilab.

Student Projects

Please contact me if you are interested in working one of my research or pedagogical projects.


My favourite example of why teaching matters is "The Amazing Miss A".

Current Teaching (2017-18)
Previous Teaching

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Last updated on 23 July 2017