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Physics faculty member's paper selected as editor's choice

2019-11-21-Sonny-Mantry
Dr. Sonny Mantry had his paper titled "Extracting a Short Distance Top Mass with Light Grooming" published by the journal Physical Review D in October 2019. The associate professor's paper for the high-impact particle physics journal was selected as the editor's choice.

Dr. Sonny Mantry said most of his research papers are "super technical" and usually take a long time to finish. But when they are published, the associate professor of physics and astronomy at the University of North Georgia (UNG) feels a sense of accomplishment.

Mantry felt more than that when the journal Physical Review D published his paper titled "Extracting a Short Distance Top Mass with Light Grooming" in October 2019. His paper for the high-impact particle physics journal was selected as the editor's choice.

"It was awesome," he said. "At the end of this process, to get this kind of honor, you feel appreciated. It also validates the work that I and my colleagues have done."

According to Physical Review D, only "a small fraction of papers which we judge to be particularly important, interesting and well written are chosen for Editors' Suggestions."

The paper also has been highly cited by the particle physics community, including ATLAS and CMS collaborations at the Large Hadron Collider.

Mantry collaborated on the research paper with Dr. Andre Hoang and Dr. Aditya Pathak at the University of Vienna and Dr. Iain Stewart at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Their research led to the development of a set of new theoretical tools to extract a high precision value of the top quark mass, a fundamental parameter of the Standard Model of particle physics.

"This recognition by the scientific community marks our work as being significant," Mantry said.

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