Short CV/Education and training

  • 1993 – 1999
    Study of physics at the University of Zagreb, Croatia

  • 1999
    Diploma engineering degree in physics (Dipl.ing.), University of Zagreb, Croatia

  • 2002
    Master of Science (Mr.sc.), University of Zagreb, Croatia

  • 2005
    Doctor of Natural Science (Dr.sc.), University of Zagreb (thesis carried out at the Max Planck Institute for Physics in Munich)

  • 1999 – 2001
    Research associate at the Rudjer Boskovic Institute in Zagreb, Croatia, member of the ATLAS and NA49 experiments

  • 2001 – 2009
    Research associate at the Max Planck Institute for Physics in Munich, Germany, member of the ATLAS experiment

  • 2009 – 2014
    Head of the junior research group in the Max Planck Society (W2 Minerva Programme) at the Max Planck Institute for Physics in Munich, Germany, member of the ATLAS experiment

  • Since 2013
    Junior Principal Investigator at the Excellence Cluster Universe in Garching

  • Since 2014
    Group leader (permanent position) at the Max Planck Institute for Physics in Munich, Germany, member of the ATLAS experiment

Selected publications

  • ATLAS Collaboration, Observation of a new particle in the search for the Standard Model Higgs boson with the ATLAS detector at the LHC, Phys.Lett. B716 (2012) 1-29. (500+ citations. Contribution: one of the eight paper editors.)

  • ATLAS Collaboration, Search for dark matter in association with a Higgs boson decaying to b-quarks in pp collisions at 13 TeV with the ATLAS detector, Phys. Lett. B 765 (2017) 11.

  • S. Abovyan et al., Development of a Highly Selective First-Level Muon Trigger for ATLAS at HL-LHC Exploiting Precision Muon Drift-Tube Data, contribution to 2016 IEEE NSS, arXiv:1701.09150 [hep-ex], 2017.

  • ATLAS Collaboration, Study of the spin and parity of the Higgs boson in diboson decays with the ATLAS detector, Eur. Phys. J. C75 (2015) 476.

  • ATLAS Collaboration, Expected Performance of the ATLAS Experiment – Detector, Trigger and Physics, arXiv:0901.0512 [hep-ex], 2008.

  • S. Horvat et al.: Operation of the ATLAS muon drift-tube chambers at high background rates and in magnetic fields, IEEE Trans.Nucl.Sci. 53 (2006) 562-566.

  • L. Eglseer, S. Horvat, H. Kroha, Study of the long-term behaviour of the sensitivity of amorphous silicon photo detectors under illumination, Nucl. Instrum. Meth. A568 (2006) 18-21.


Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Since 2010: Referee for Physics Letters B

  • 2015/16: Reviewer for the German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development

  • 2010 – 2012: Member of the ATLAS physics coordination, Coordinator for the Higgs physics (international research group with more than 300 ATLAS scientists); Discovery of the Higgs boson in July 2012

  • 2008 – 2010: Member of the ATLAS Higgs physics coordination, Coordinator for the Higgs boson search in the channels pp->H->ZZ and pp->ZH (international research group with more than 70 ATLAS scientists)

  • 2008 – 2010: Member of the German ATLAS physics coordination, Coordinator for the ATLAS Higgs physics within the Helmholtz Alliance research project "Physics at the Terascale"

  • 2008 – 2010: Member of the German ATLAS Computing Resources Board, Management of German ATLAS computing resources

  • 2007 – 2008: Member of the research group "ATLAS Simulation Strategy", Coordination of the Monte Carlo production for the ATLAS experiment

Media coverage

  • Interview on the occasion of the Higgs boson discovery: https://www.mpg.de/5886433/interview_kortner_en

  • Review Article in Physik Journal, http://www.pro-physik.de/details/physikjournalArticle/1664611/Grossfahndung_im_Untergrund.html

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