• Joe Lykken

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  • Deputy Director

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  • Chief Research Officer

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  • Theoretical Physicist

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If you can find me some rich villains that want to contribute to my research — Qaddafi, the Mafia, whoever — the worse they are, the better I'll like it. I'm doing a social good by taking their money... Any money of theirs that I spend in a legitimate and honorable way, they can't spend in a dishonorable way

- David Thoreson Lykken

About

Joseph Lykken

Joseph’s 9th grade science teacher told his parents that he’d taught Joe everything he could and that they should seek some more advanced opportunities. Joe had a paper route at that time and, as luck would have it, the Star Tribune offered its carriers a Saturday meeting with representatives of two eastern boarding schools that were seeking to broaden the socio-economic range of their student bodies. The school that appealed most to Joe was Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, and Exeter was happy to accept him. At Exeter he got a C+ in Nuclear Physics, and was almost kicked out for an egregious violation of the fire code. Joe is now a theoretical physicist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

EDUCATION

B.A in Physics, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities 1977

Ph.D. in High Energy Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1982

AWARDS and HONORS

Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2003

Fellow, American Physical Society, 1999

Curriculum Vita

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?

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Contact


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

+1 (630) 840 8422

lykken@fnal.gov