• Marcela Carena

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  • Particle Physicist

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  • International Relations, Directorate

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  • Professor of Physics University of Chicago

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Dejo a los varios porvenires, no a tados, mi jardín de senderos que se bifurcan.

- Jorge Luis Borges

About

BORN MARCELA SILVIA CARENA LOPEZ IN BUENOS AIRES
CITIZEN OF ARGENTINA, ITALY, AND THE UNITED STATES

Marcela Carena

Marcela Carena is a distinguished scientist and the head of the Theoretical Physics Department at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois. She received her Diploma in Physics from the Instituto Balseiro of Bariloche, Argentina, and her Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Hamburg. She was a John Stuart Bell Fellow at CERN, was awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship, and she was a CERN staff member in 1999-2000. She has been a Professor of Physics at the University of Chicago since 2008, where she is both a member of the Enrico Fermi Institute and the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics.
Her research explores the possible connections between Higgs physics, supersymmetry, unification, and dark matter. She has developed promising ideas to explain the matter-antimatter asymmetry observed in the universe, which are under scrutiny at the CERN Large Hadron Collider. Carena has worked closely with experimental physicists, creating and implementing strategies for testing the latest ideas for the mechanism of electroweak symmetry breaking. She was a pioneer in exploring the complementary interplay between direct searches for dark matter in deep underground experiments and searches for Higgs bosons at the LHC.
Carena has been a fellow of the American Physical Society since 2002. In 2010 she won a Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany, and in 2013 she was a Simons Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics. She is at present actively involved in developing agreements with European and Latin American countries to facilitate the collaboration between Fermilab and international institutions in projects of common interest, in particular, the exciting international Long Baseline Neutrino Facility/Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (LBNF/DUNE).

Marcela's Abbreviated CV

EDUCATION

Diploma in Physics, Instituto Balseiro, Bariloche, Argentina, 1985

Ph.D. in High Energy Physics, Univ. of Hamburg, Germany, 1989

AWARDS

Simons Distinguished Scholar, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, 2013

Research Award, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, 2010

Fellow, American Physical Society, 2002

Marie Curie Fellowship, 1996

John Stuart Bell Fellow, 1993

FORMAL TITLES

International Relations Directorate, Fermilab

Head of the Theoretical Physics Department, Fermilab

Professor in the Department of Physics and the Enrico Fermi Institute at the University of Chicago

Senior Member of the Kavli Center for Cosmological Physics

Chair of the Division of Particles and Fields of the American Physical Society

Member of the Aspen Center for Physics

SERVICE

Chair of the Divisions of Particles and Fields of the American Physical Society, 2017

Member of High Energy Physics Advisory Panel (HEPAP), 2017

Advisory Board Member of the Mainz Institute for Theoretical Physics, 2012-Present

Member of the AAAS Program Committee, 2015-2018

Scientific Council of the ICTP South American Institute for Fundamental Research, 2012-2016

NSF Committee of Visitors, 2015

DESY Physics Research Committee, 2012-2015

General Councilor and Executive Board of the American Physical Society, 2008-2012

Advisory Board Chair, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, 2011-2012

PASAG subcommittee of HEPAP, 2009

P5 subpanel of HEPAP, 2005-2007

DPF Executive Committee, 2003-2005

COURSES TAUGHT

Spring Quarter 2009: Lecturer for Physics 48801: "Supersymmetry and the LHC" at the University of Chicago

Spring Quarter 2010 : Lecturer for Physics 363: “Particle Physics” at the University of Chicago

Fall Half-Quarter 2010 : Lecturer for a course on “Physics Beyond the Standard Model” at the University of Buenos Aires

Spring Quarter 2011 : Lecturer for Physics 363: “Particle Physics” at the University of Chicago

Fall Quarter 2012: Lecturer for Physics 48801: “Theories Beyond the Standard Model” at the University of Chicago

Spring Quarter 2015 : Lecturer for Physics 44500: "Quantum Field Theory III” at the University of Chicago

Spring Quarter 2016 : Lecturer for Physics 44500 ”Quantum Field Theory III” at the University of Chicago

Physics

Particle physics includes many of the most fundamental mysteries of science, including the nature of the Higgs boson, the omnipresent but elusive neutrinos, the role of symmetry and symmetry breaking, the identity of dark matter and dark energy, and the genesis of matter

HIGGS PHYSICS

HIGGS PHYSICS

  • How many Higgs bosons are there?
  • Is the Higgs boson a composite of something else?
  • Is the Higgs field related to baryogenesis?
  • Does the Higgs field destabilize the universe?
  • Is the Higgs boson a portal to dark matter?
SUPERSYMMETRY

SUPERSYMMETRY

  • Does supersymmetry exist?
  • Does it explain the origin of the mass scale of the Higgs boson?
  • Does supersymmetry explain dark matter?
  • Does supersymmetry stabilize the universe?
  • Can we detect superpartner particles at the LHC?
BARYOGENESIS

BARYOGENESIS

  • Why is there more matter than antimatter left over from the Big Bang?
  • Is baryogenesis related to the breaking of electroweak symmetry in the early universe?
  • What is the source of the CP violation that created an excess of matter over antimatter?
DARK MATTER

DARK MATTER

  • What is dark matter?
  • Is there more than one kind of dark matter?
  • How does dark matter interact with ordinary matter?
  • How does dark matter interact with itself?
  • Can we produce dark matter at the LHC?
STRONG DYNAMICS AND EXTRA DIMENSIONS

STRONG DYNAMICS AND EXTRA DIMENSIONS

  • Are there extra dimensions of space?
  • Are they related to new forces of Nature?
  • Do new strong forces explain properties of the Higgs boson?
NEUTRINOS

NEUTRINOS

  • How do neutrinos get their tiny masses?
  • Are neutrinos related to leptogenesis?
  • Is neutrino mass related to superhigh energy scales and unification?
  • Are neutrinos their own antiparticles?
  • Are neutrinos related to dark matter?

PROFESSOR HIGGS EXPLAINS

The prediction of the Higgs boson, and a Higgs field that self-sources itself everywhere in the universe, was a bold leap by a theorists who applied insights from the theory of superconductivity to properties of the quantum vacuum. It took a collective global effort of thousands of scientists, engineers, and computer professionals from dozens of countries around the world to finally discover the Higgs boson particle in the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN

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COLLOQUIA AND PUBLIC LECTURES

LECTURES AT SCHOOLS

Contact


Theoretical Physics Department
MS106
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
P.O. Box 500
Batavia, Illinois, 60510 USA

+1 (630) 840 4593

carena@fnal.gov