Academic Lecture: The Future of Particle Physics – Should China build the Great Collider?


The Future of Particle Physics – Should China build the Great Collider?  
Speaker: Prof.Gordon Kane (University of Michigan)  
Moderator: Prof. Zhang Huaqiao
Time: 9:30 AM, June 19
Place: IHEP Auditorium

The Standard Models of particle physics and cosmology are wonderful theories that fully describe our world. But there are some hidden aspects of nature we don’t understand yet, such as dark matter, a quantum theory of gravity, and more. There are some counterintuitive things we know – for example the earth orbits the sun, although it does not seem to. There may be more counterintuitive aspects of nature such as extra space dimensions that arise in string theory. The talk, based on discussions with Stephen Hawking, will describe the Standard Models, the puzzling issues beyond the Standard Models, and how the well-motivated Great Collider will contribute to solving them. The Great Collider will also provide major economic and cultural development.

About the speaker:
Gordon Kane is an internationally recognized scientific leader in theoretical and phenomenological particle physics, and theories for physics beyond the Standard Model. He is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Michigan and Director Emeritus at the Michigan Center for Theoretical Physics (MCTP), a leading center for the advancement of theoretical physics. Due to his important contributions to particle physics-phenomenology, he received the Lilienfeld Prize from the American Physical Society in 2012, and the J. J. Sakurai Prize for Theoretical Particle Physics in 2017, which is considered one of the most prestigious in physics. Kane has published about 300 research articles, with over 20,000 citations and an h-number of 67. Six of his papers have citations more than 500, and one of which is cited for almost 5000 times. He has written or co-authored or edited at least 10 physics books.

Gordon Kane made great contributions to Higgs physics and supersymmetry. With his collaborator, he performed the first calculation of the Feynman rules for gluinos, and of the production of gluinos at colliders, which turns out to be one of the most important ways to discover supersymmetry at the LHC. He is also well known for his work with Howard Haber, putting together and elucidating the structure of the Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model (MSSM) into a complete and calculable context in 1984. Their seminal article published in 1985 remains one of the single most important references on supersymmetry and the MSSM. Kane also made important early contributions to the study of the Higgs Bosons, including an upper limit on the Higgs Boson mass, implications of electric dipole moments, the study of dark matter and its detection, and to early supergravity and string theory phenomenology.

At the end of 2017, Gordon Kane and Stephen Hawking wrote a public letter together, strongly supporting the development of high energy colliders in China. In the letter, they illustrate the benefits on building such a fantastic machine in China, both from physics and economy points of view. This letter greatly boosts the developments of high energy physics community in China.