Savas Dimopoulos

Savas Dimopoulos

Ph.D., University of Chicago, Physics (1978)


Savas Dimopoulos, a professor of physics, received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and joined the Stanford faculty in 1979. He is the winner of the 2006 Sakurai Prize of the American Physical Society, and the winner of the 2006 Tomassoni Award in Theoretical Physics. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He proposed the Supersymmetric Standard Model and the Large Dimension Framework, both soon to be tested experimentally.

What is the origin of mass? Are there other universes with different physical laws?Professor Dimopoulos has been searching for answers to some of the deepest mysteries of nature. Why is gravity so weak? Do elementary particles have substructure? What is the origin of mass? Are there new dimensions? Can we produce black holes in the lab?Elementary particle physics is entering a spectacular new era in which experiments at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN will soon shed light on such questions and lead to a new deeper theory of particle physics, replacing the Standard Model proposed forty years ago. The two leading candidates for new theories are the Supersymmetric Standard Model and theories with Large Extra Dimensions, both proposed by Professor Dimopoulos and collaborators.Professor Dimopoulos is collaborating on a number of experiments that use the dramatic advances in atom interferometry to do fundamental physics. These include testing Einstein’s theory of general relativity to fifteen decimal precision, atom neutrality to thirty decimals, and looking for modifications of quantum mechanics. He is also designing an atom-interferometric gravity-wave detector that will allow us to look at the universe with gravity waves instead of light, marking the dawn of gravity wave astronomy and cosmology.

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