R. Sekhar Chivukula

R. Sekhar Chivukula

Ph. D. Harvard University (1987)


Office: Mayer Hall Addition 5601
Phone: (858)-246-3056

Research Statement

My work in particle physics has focused on questions related to electroweak symmetry breaking. Prior to the discovery of the Higgs boson, my work emphasized the construction of various possible models that could account for the masses of the W- and Z-bosons, and the identification of observational tests of these new models. In addition, many of the models I proposed and studied had potential consequences in the properties of the “Big Bang” at the earliest instances of our universe when temperatures were extremely high. Since the discovery of the Higgs boson, my attention has shifted to explore whether this new particle is truly fundamental, or whether it is a composite particle made of as yet undiscovered more fundamental particles. 


Honors and Awards:

Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (elected 2011).

CIC Academic Leadership Program (ALP) Fellow (2010).

APS Outstanding Referee (2010).

Distinguished Visiting Scholor, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 2007-8.

Fellow, American Physical Society (elected in 1998)

DOE Outstanding Junior Investigator Award (1992-95).

NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award (1990-95).

SSC National Faculty Fellow (1992-94).

Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (1990-92).