Theoretical Particle Physics Research
G. Paz, A. A. Petrov
The aim of theoretical high energy physics is to seek and understand the universal laws of Nature. The major thrust of research pursued by the Wayne State University particle theory group is to understand the structure of the fundamental electroweak Lagrangian at the smallest scales and develop the theoretical tools needed for “clean” interpretation of the experiments designed to answer such fundamental questions as the origins of mass and CP-violation.
The underlying theme behind all aspects of the group’s work is the application of quantum field theory to the problems of particle phenomenology. In recent years the group has worked on a variety of problems in the theory and phenomenology of the strong, electromagnetic, and weak interactions. A partial list of research topics includes mediation of supersymmetry breaking, Z' models, applications of effective field theories to problems in Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD), heavy meson decays and precision QED, studies of the properties of heavy hadrons, meson spectroscopy, and physics of CP-violation. The group is also one of the world wide leaders in the description of weak transitions of charmed hadrons and radiative decays of B mesons. The research program of WSU’s particle theory group has significant overlap with the current research interests of the Wayne State's experimental particle physics and theoretical nuclear physics groups.
These activities are supported by grants from the U.S. National Science Foundation and Department of Energy.