Presented by

Dr. Pierre Ramond

Distinguished Professor and Director, Institute of Fundamental Theory,

University of Florida


The Dirac Way: Using Symmetry to Predict New Physics

Pierre Ramond was born and raised in France and educated in France and the United States. He has made fundamental contributions in String Theory and was one of the first to predict the existence of tiny neutrino masses. He is the author of three books: Field Theory: A Modern Primer, Group Theory: A Physicist's Survey and Journeys Beyond The Standard Model. He has won several international awards and honors including: Fellow, American Academy of Arts & Sciences, 1998, Oskar Klein Medal, Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences & Stockholm University, August 2004, Guggenheim Fellow, 1985 and Fellow, American Physical Society. He is the chair elect of DPF, American Physical Society, 2011.

Abstract- What lies beyond the Standard Model? By joining quantum mechanics and relativity, Dirac predicted the positron. What can we find from the mathematical hints offered by the Standard Model of elementary particle physics? We present arguments for supersymmetry, and argue for the revelation of this boson-fermion symmetry at scales that will soon be reached by the Large Hadronic Collider.

March 11, 2010, 3:30 P.M.

Room 355, Physical Sciences II

For further information please contact, OSU Physics Department at 405-744-5796

Note: The traditional student-speaker chat will begin in Physical Sciences Room 147 at 3:00 PM. All students are welcome! Refreshments will be served.