Particle & Nuclear Physics

The aim of subatomic physics is to understand matter and the fundamental forces in the universe and ultimately form a Theory of Everything. The Standard Model of Particle Physics beautifully brings together three of the four forces of nature (strong, electromagnetic and weak) in a framework encompassing 6 quarks and 6 leptons, and the gauge particles which mediate their interactions (photons, W bosons, Z bosons and gluons). Ultimately, we hope to incorporate the fourth force in nature, gravity, into this Standard Model, and the leading candidate theory for a Theory of Everything is String Theory.  Nuclear physics studies how fundamental forces behave in nuclei and has numerous applications in astrophysics, nuclear energy, and nuclear medicine.

Bubble Chamber  Photograph
A classic Bubble chamber photograph from CERN.

 

Particle and Subatomic Physics Facilities

Studying nature's tiniest particles, ironically, tends to require the largest experimental facilities found in physics. UBC's experimental particle physicists conduct experiments at several of the largest particle physics facilities in the world: the LHC at CERN; the SLAC B-Factory, Stanford; KEK and J-PARC near Tokyo. At UBC, we have such a facility on campus, TRIUMF, which serves as national infrastructure laboratory for all Canadian particle physics projects.

 

 

 

Faculty Engaged in Particle & Nuclear Physics Research

Douglas Bryman Professor/Warren Chair,
Experimental Particle Physics
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Research Field: Particle Physics, Applied Physics (Radiation imaging)
Topics include: Measurements of Rare Particle Decays
Colin Gay Professor and Head,
Experimental Subatomic Physics
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Research Field: Energy frontier physics (at the Large Hadron Collider)
Topics include: Beyond Standard Model physics, Extra dimensions, CP violation
Michael Hasinoff Professor, UG Chair,
Experimental Subatomic Physics
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Research Field: low-energy particle physics
Topics include: Physics Beyond the Standard Model, Muon & Kaon decay, Axion production
Christopher Hearty Professor/IPP Scientist,
Subatomic Physics
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Research Field: Belle II (see my research web site)
Topics include: Direct searches for new physics in e+ e- collisions; dark sector; light Higgs
Javed Iqbal Dir. Sci. Co-op/Adjunct Prof.,
Theoretical Nuclear Physics, Computational Physics, Physics Education
Joanna Karczmarek Associate Professor,
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Research Field: String theory
Topics include: Matrix models, emergent spacetime, time dependence
Reiner Kruecken Professor,
Experimental Nuclear Physics, Particle Physics
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Research Field: Physics of Exotic Nuclei, Nuclear Astrophysics, Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay
Alison Lister Assistant Professor,
Experimental Subatomic Physics
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Research Field: Energy frontier physics (ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider)
Topics include: Top Quark measurements, Beyond the Standard Model physics
Thomas Mattison Associate Professor,
Subatomic Physics
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Research Field: Experimental Particle Physics
Topics include: CP violation, B decays, Accelerator Physics, Next Linear Collider
Janis McKenna Professor,
Experimental Particle Physics
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Research Field: Experimental Particle Physics
Topics include: Heavy Quark Physics, Precision electroweak tests in Standard Model, CP violation
Scott Oser Professor,
Experimental Particle Physics (dark matter, neutrinos)
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Topics include: neutrinos, dark matter, statistical methods
Moshe Rozali Professor,
Particle Theory
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Research Field: String Theory
Gordon Semenoff Professor,
Particle Theory
Research Field: Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics
Topics include: String Theory, quantum field theory, quantum gravity, statistical mechanics
Kris Sigurdson Associate Professor,
Theoretical Physics and Cosmology
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Research Field: Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology
Topics include: Particle Dark Matter, Early Universe Cosmology, Particle Cosmology, Cosmological Perturbation Theory, Dark Energy, Inflation, Cosmic Microwave Background, Cosmic 21-cm Fluctuations
Mark Van Raamsdonk Professor,
High Energy Theory/String Theory
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Research Field: String Theory, Quantum Field Theory, Quantum Gravity
Ariel Zhitnitsky Professor,
Particle Theory/Astrophysics/Cosmology
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Adjunct Professors

John Behr TRIUMF Res.Sc./Adjunct, PHAS,
Subatomic Physics
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Jens Dilling Adjunct Professor/TRIUMF,
Subatomic Physics
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John Ng Adjunct Professor,
Particle Phenomenology/Triumf
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Oliver Stelzer-Chilton Adjunct Professor,
Subatomic Physics
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Research Field: High Energy Particle Physics
Topics include: Beyond the Standard Model Searches, Higgs Boson, Electroweak Precision Constraints
Stan Yen Adjunct Professor,
Subatomic Physics
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