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Syracuse University Physicist Awarded National Science Foundation Grant

John “Jack” Laiho to use grant to develop precision calculations of particle properties using lattice quantum chromodynamics

Aug 26, 2014 — Article by: Sarah Scalese

John "Jack" Laiho

John "Jack" Laiho

John “Jack” Laiho recently completed his first year as a member of the Syracuse University faculty, and what better way to celebrate than by receiving a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to support his cutting-edge research.

Laiho, who earned a Ph.D. from Princeton University, joined the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Physics in 2013. Since then, his research has focused on precision studies of the interactions of quarks via the strong and weak nuclear forces. As a result of Laiho’s hard work and dedication to his research, he will receive an infusion of resources in the form of a $141,200 grant.

"This award is a tremendous honor, and I am grateful to the NSF for giving me this opportunity,” says Laiho. “This will enable me to continue doing work that I am passionate about and maybe even to answer some of the burning questions that drive my scientific research."

Laiho, a frequent publisher in academic and science journals, says he will use the grant to develop precision calculations of particle properties using lattice quantum chromodynamics methods. This research allows Laiho to compare the theoretical predictions of the Standard Model of Particle Physics with experimental results, thus shedding light on the laws of nature.

“Jack will be constructing important predictions to check against large scale particle experiments,” says Alan Middleton, chair and professor of physics. This is his first full year at the University and Jack is having a strong start. I congratulate Jack on achieving this NSF support and look forward to seeing what his research reveals.”

According to Laiho, this research could ultimately reveal what many believe to be true: that there is physics not accounted for within the Standard Model.

“The discovery of discrepancies between the Standard Model predictions and experiments done at particle colliders would be very exciting,” says Laiho. “Such results could lead to an understanding of the mysteries that are not explained in our current framework, including why there is so much matter in the universe.”

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