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Tomasz Skwarnicki

Tomasz Skwarnicki

Physics Department

317 Physics Building

Research Interests

  • Experimental elementary particle physics.
  • Search for new forces in weak decays of particles with charm and beauty.
  • Spectroscopy of heavy quarkonia.
  • Computing and instrumentation for high energy physics.
  • Presently involved in the LHCb experiment at CERN. Previously participated in CLEO (Cornell), BTeV (Fermilab), GEM (SSC), Crystal Ball and LENA (DESY) projects.

News Articles

Syracuse Physicist Discovers New Class of Pentaquarks

Syracuse Awarded $3.7 Million for Particle Physics Research

Physicists Discover Family of Tetraquarks

LHCb's Pentaquark Discovery Named 'Top-10 Breakthrough' of 2015

National Science Foundation Awards Elite Team of Syracuse University Physicists $5.2 Million

SU professors test boundaries of 'new physics' with discovery of four-quark hadron

Physicists Confirm Existence of Rare Pentaquarks


1986 Ph.D. in Physics
Institute of Nuclear Physics, Krakow, Poland
1982 MS.C. in Physics
Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

Selected Publications

Honors and Awards

  • Award of the Counsel of Atomic Research in Poland for the thesis dissertation (1986).
  • Recipient of the Outstanding Junior Investigator Grant from DOE and of the SSC Fellowship from TNRLC (1993).
  • American Physical Society Fellow (2001-).
  • Chancellor's Citation for Faculty Excellence and Scholarly Distinction, Syracuse University, 2008.
  • Honored as "Pole of The Year" at Polish Festival, Syracuse (2008).
  • Member of Physics Advisory Committee for the Belle experiment, KEK, Japan (2007-2012).
  • Distinguished Fellow of Eminent Scientists of Polish Origin and Ancestry, Kosciuszko Foundation (2014).


  • American Physical Society
  • Polish Physical Society
  • Board member of Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music
  • Sierra Club 

Links to the external news posts related to the observations of the tetraquark and pentaquark states (click on the image)

Z(4430) tetraquark Pentaquarks X to J/psi phi Family of States