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John C Collins

John C Collins

Main Content

  • Distinguished Professor of Physics
303K Osmond
Email: jcc8 [ AT ] psu [ DOT ] edu
Phone: (814) 863-0783


  1. King's College (B.A., Mathematics), 1971
  2. Mathematical Tripos Part III (1971-1972)
  3. University of Cambridge (Ph.D., Theoretical Physics), 1975


Biological Physics
  • Theoretical
  • Computational
Particles & Fields
  • Theoretical
  • Computational

Honors and Awards

  • Sakurai prize 2009
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society 2008
  • Mercator Professorship awarded by Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft, Jan. - Jun. 2005
  • Faculty Scholar Medal (Penn State) 2002
  • Humboldt Research Award for Senior US Scientists, 2000-01
  • Guggenheim Fellowship, 1986-7

Selected Publications

  1. John Collins, "Do fragmentation functions in factorization theorems correctly treat non-perturbative effects?", arXiv:1610.09994.
  2. J. Collins, L. Gamberg, A. Prokudin, T.C. Rogers, N. Sato, and B. Wang, "Relating Transverse Momentum Dependent and Collinear Factorization Theorems in a Generalized Formalism", Phys. Rev. D94, 034014 (2016) arXiv:1605.00671.
  3. Garrett Swan, John Collins, and Brad Wyble, "Memory for a single object has differently variable precisions for relevant and irrelevant features", Journal of Vision 16(3), 32 (2016).
  4. J.C. Collins and T.C. Rogers, "Understanding the large-distance behavior of transverse-momentum-dependent parton densities and the Collins-Soper evolution kernel", Phys. Rev. D91, 074020 (2015); arXiv:1412.3820.
  5. John Collins, "CSS Equation, etc, Follow from Structure of TMD Factorization", arXiv:1212.5974.
  6. John Collins, "Parton distribution functions (definition)", Scholarpedia 7(7):10851 (2012).
  7. S. Mert Aybat, John C. Collins, Jian-Wei Qiu, and Ted C. Rogers, "The QCD Evolution of the Sivers Function" arXiv:1110.6428.
  8. John Collins, Foundations of Perturbative QCD (Cambridge University Press, 2011). Errata can be found here.
  9. D. Binosi, J. Collins, C. Kaufhold, and L. Theussl, "JaxoDraw: A graphical user interface for drawing Feynman diagrams. Version 2.0 release notes", Computer Physics Communications, 180, 1709--1715 (2009); arXiv:0811.4113.

For essentially complete lists, see publications of John Collins in Google Scholar, and publications of John Collins in the INSPIRE database (for publications in elementary particle physics).

Research Interests

Quantum field theory; perturbation effects in QCD; renormalization theory; neuroscience.