Vladimir Savinov

  • "Professor"
402 Allen Hall


A practitioner of experimental particle physics, dr.s., as he is known to his students, makes a living by selling-out and explaining his science at occasional gigs, such as Physics Slam on Ice (start watching at 1:03:05), the event well-documented in the annals of history (see Physics Today 66, 10, 20 (2013)).

Prof. Dr. Mr. Savinov hails from the cold land of Siberia, where he had to walk to school barefoot 5 miles each way daily, so, fittingly, he did his PhD studies in the appropriately cold country of Minnesota studying cool topics with the CLEO experiment at Cornell University. 

After a brief stint at the BaBar experiment in intolerably hot and sunny California, dr.s. took his CLEO expertise to the University of Pittsburgh (Hail to Pitt!), where he has been on faculty since 2000.

Between 2002 and 2012 Savinov collaborated with Wilfred Cleland, Vittorio Paolone and Joe Boudreau while they were making sure that the ATLAS experiment at the LHC could discover the Higgs boson. 

Sufficiently satisfied with the discovery of the Higgs in 2012, dr.s. considered his job in Europe done and decided to start a longer commute to the Belle experiment at Japanese national laboratory KEK located (sort of) near Tokyo. 

A longer air travel compensated for the insufficient carbon footprint dr.s. left on this planet in his earlier life and allowed him to better himself by watching complete seasons of culturally-educating HBO shows during 14-hour long flights. 

Savinov's interests are primarily in the areas of trying to discover cool stuff about the universe and learning physics by teaching it to undergrads. In the former area things are not going well, but the success in the latter is also questionable. 

Sometimes dr.s. hopes that the achievements of his students will occasionally rub off on him. 


Selected Publications


  • "Search for the decay Bs0→η′η", N.K. Nisar et al. (Belle Collaboration), e-Print: 2106.09695 [hep-ex], Phys.Rev.D 104 (2021) 3, L031101. 

  • "Operational status of the Belle II Time-Of-Propagation counter readout and data acquisition system", Y. Maeda et al. (Belle Collaboration), Nucl.Instrum.Meth.A 952 (2020), 162049. 

  • "The Belle II Physics Book", E. Kou (ed.) et al. (Belle-II Collaboration), e-Print: 1808.10567 [hep-ex], PTEP 2019 (2019) 12, 123C01, PTEP 2020 (2020) 2, 029201 (erratum). 

  • "First Observation of CP Violation in $\overline{B}^0 \to D^{(*)}_{\rm CP} h^0$ Decays by a Combined Time-Dependent Analysis of BABAR and Belle Data", A. Abdesselam et al. (BaBar and Belle Collaborations), e-Print: 1505.04147 [hep-ex], Phys.Rev.Lett. 115 (2015) 12, 121604. 

  • "The Physics of the B Factories", A.J. Bevan et al. (BaBar and Belle Collaborations), e-Print: 1406.6311 [hep-ex], Eur.Phys.J.C 74 (2014), 3026. 

  • "Evidence for the spin-0 nature of the Higgs boson using ATLAS data", Georges Aad et al. (ATLAS Collaboration), e-Print: 1307.1432 [hep-ex], Phys.Lett.B 726 (2013), 120-144. 

  • "Search for heavy neutrinos and right-handed $W$ bosons in events with two leptons and jets in $pp$ collisions at $\sqrt{s}=7$ TeV with the ATLAS detector", Georges Aad et al. (ATLAS Collaboration), e-Print: 1203.5420 [hep-ex], Eur.Phys.J.C 72 (2012), 2056. 

  • "Expected Performance of the ATLAS Experiment, Detector, Trigger and Physics," (ATLAS Collaboration), CERN-OPEN-2008-020, Geneva, 2008. 

  • "ATLAS Liquid Argon Calorimeter Front End Electronics," N J Buchanan et al (LArg Collaboration) , JINST 3 P09003, 2008.

  • "Search for Lepton Flavor Violation in Upsilon Decays", W. Love et al. (CLEO Collaboration), e-Print: 0807.2695 [hep-ex], Phys.Rev.Lett. 101 (2008), 201601.

  • "Search for eta(1440) ---> K0(S) K+- pi-+ in two-photon fusion at CLEO", R. Ahohe et al. (CLEO Collaboration), e-Print: hep-ex/0501026 [hep-ex], Phys.Rev.D 71 (2005), 072001. 

  • "Search for the decay anti-B0 ---> D*0 gamma", M. Artuso et al. (CLEO Collaboration), e-Print: hep-ex/0001002 [hep-ex], Phys.Rev.Lett. 84 (2000), 4292-4295. 

  • "Measurements of the meson - photon transition form-factors of light pseudoscalar mesons at large momentum transfer", J. Gronberg et al. (CLEO Collaboration), e-Print: hep-ex/9707031 [hep-ex], Phys.Rev.D 57 (1998), 33-54. 

Graduate Advisor

Tong Pang
Erfei Wang
Lucia Kapitánová