The aim of subatomic physics is to understand matter and the fundamental forces in the universe and ultimately form a Theory of Everything. The Standard Model of Particle Physics beautifully brings together three of the four forces of nature (strong, electromagnetic and weak) in a framework encompassing 6 quarks and 6 leptons, and the gauge particles which mediate their interactions (photons, W and Z bosons, the Higgs particle, and gluons). Ultimately, we hope to incorporate the fourth force in nature, gravity, into this Standard Model, and the leading candidate theory for a Theory of Everything is String Theory.  Nuclear physics studies how fundamental forces behave in nuclei and has numerous applications in astrophysics, nuclear energy, and nuclear medicine.

Bubble Chamber Photograph
A classic Bubble chamber photograph
from CERN.

Particle and Subatomic Physics Facilities

Studying nature's tiniest particles, ironically, tends to require the largest experimental facilities found in physics. UBC's experimental particle physicists conduct experiments at several of the largest particle physics facilities in the world: the LHC at CERNSNOLABKEK and J-PARC near Tokyo. At UBC, we have such a facility on campus, TRIUMF, which serves as national infrastructure laboratory for all Canadian particle physics projects.

Faculty Engaged: Particle & Nuclear Physics

Name Position Research
Douglas Bryman Professor/Warren Chair, Particle & Nuclear Physics Research Website
Research Field: Particle Physics, Applied Physics (Radiation imaging)
Topics Include: Measurements of Rare Particle Decays
Colin Gay Professor and Head, Particle & Nuclear Physics Research Website
Research Field: Energy frontier physics (at the Large Hadron Collider)
Topics Include: Beyond Standard Model physics, Extra dimensions, CP violation
Michael Hasinoff Professor, UG Chair, Particle & Nuclear Physics Research Website
Research Field: Experimental Subatomic Physics,low-energy particle physics
Topics Include: Physics Beyond the Standard Model, Muon & Kaon decay, Axion production
Christopher Hearty Professor/IPP Scientist, Particle & Nuclear Physics Research Field: Subatomic PhysicsBelle II (see my research web site: http://www.physics.ubc.ca/~hearty/hearty.html)
Topics Include: Direct searches for new physics in e+ e- collisions; dark sector; light Higgs
Joanna Karczmarek Associate Professor, Theoretical Physics Research Website
Research Field: String theory
Topics Include: Matrix models, emergent spacetime, noncommutative geometry, time dependence
Reiner Kruecken Professor, Particle & Nuclear Physics Research Field: Experimental Nuclear Physics, Particle Physics,Physics of Exotic Nuclei, Nuclear Astrophysics, Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay
Alison Lister Associate Professor, Particle & Nuclear Physics Research Website
Research Field: Energy frontier physics (ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider)
Topics Include: Top Quark measurements, Beyond the Standard Model physics, Machine learning in particle physics
Thomas Mattison Associate Professor, Particle & Nuclear Physics Research Website
Research Field: Experimental Particle Physics, Subatomic Physics
Topics Include: CP violation, B decays, Accelerator Physics, Next Linear Collider
Janis McKenna Professor, Particle & Nuclear Physics Research Website
Research Field: Experimental Particle Physics
Topics Include: Heavy Quark Physics, Precision electroweak tests in Standard Model, CP violation
Scott Oser Professor, Particle & Nuclear Physics Research Website
Research Field: Experimental Particle Physics (dark matter, neutrinos)
Topics Include: neutrinos, dark matter, statistical methods
Moshe Rozali Professor, Particle & Nuclear Physics Research Website
Research Field: Particle Theory, String Theory
Gordon Semenoff Professor, Particle & Nuclear Physics Research Field: Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics
Topics Include: String Theory, quantum field theory, quantum gravity, statistical mechanics
Kris Sigurdson Associate Professor, Theoretical Physics Research Website
Research Field: Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology
Topics Include: Particle Dark Matter, Early Universe Cosmology, Particle Cosmology, Cosmological Perturbation Theory, Dark Energy, Inflation, Cosmic Microwave Background, Cosmic 21-cm Fluctuations
Mark Van Raamsdonk Professor, Particle & Nuclear Physics Research Website
Research Field: String Theory, Quantum Field Theory, Quantum Gravity
Don Witt Senior Instructor, Particle & Nuclear Physics Research Website
Research Field: Relativity/Math. Physics
Topics Include: Relativity, Quantum Gravity and String Theory
Ariel Zhitnitsky Professor, Theoretical Physics Research Website
Research Field: Particle Theory/Astrophysics/Cosmology
Topics Include: Axions, Dark Matter, Dark Energy, Vacuum energy in gauge theories

Postdoctoral Fellows & Research Associates Engaged in Particle & Nuclear Physics Research

Name Position Research
Torben Ferber Postdoctoral Fellow, Particle & Nuclear Physics Research Website
Research Field: Subatomic Physics Belle II
Topics Include: Precision QED and electroweak physics, Event generators, Calorimeter
Tom Feusels Postdoctoral Fellow, Particle & Nuclear Physics Research Field: Neutrino Physics
Andrew Scarff Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Particle & Nuclear Physics