Howard Georgi

Harvard University

Election Year: 1995
Primary Section: 13, Physics
Membership Type: Member

Research Interests

A theoretical physicist interested in elementary particles, I have been involved in many aspects of our current standard model of particle physics. One particular long-standing interest concerns applications of QCD, the theory that describes the strong interactions that bind quarks into protons, neutrons, and other hadrons. Another is in Grand Unification, the still speculative idea that the matter particles and forces we see with contemporary accelerators may be unified at much higher energies and shorter distances. A third is the flavor puzzle -- What is the significance of the masses and mixing angles between different quark flavors? In recent years, while continuing with research on QCD, I have been primarily concerned with the issue of what breaks the symmetry of electroweak interactions, and what, therefore, the longitudinal spin components of the W and Z bosons are made of.

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