Savas Dimopoulos

Savas Dimopoulos
Hamamoto Family Professor
Ph.D., University of Chicago, Physics (1978)
What is the origin of mass? Are there other universes with different physical laws?

Professor Dimopoulos has been searching for answers to some of the deepest mysteries of nature. Why is gravity so weak? Do elementary particles have substructure? What is the origin of mass? Are there new dimensions? Can we produce black holes in the lab?

Elementary particle physics is entering a spectacular new era in which experiments at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN will soon shed light on such questions and lead to a new deeper theory of particle physics, replacing the Standard Model proposed forty years ago. The two leading candidates for new theories are the Supersymmetric Standard Model and theories with Large Extra Dimensions, both proposed by Professor Dimopoulos and collaborators.

Professor Dimopoulos is collaborating on a number of experiments that use the dramatic advances in atom interferometry to do fundamental physics. These include testing Einstein’s theory of general relativity to fifteen decimal precision, atom neutrality to thirty decimals, and looking for modifications of quantum mechanics. He is also designing an atom-interferometric gravity-wave detector that will allow us to look at the universe with gravity waves instead of light, marking the dawn of gravity wave astronomy and cosmology.


Arvanitaki, A., Baryakhtar, M., Dimopoulos, S., Dubovsky, S., & Lasenby, R. (2017). Black hole mergers and the QCD axion at Advanced LIGO. PHYSICAL REVIEW D, 95(4).
Dimopoulos, S., Hook, A., Huang, J., & Marques-Tavares, G. (2016). A collider observable QCD axion. JOURNAL OF HIGH ENERGY PHYSICS, (11).
Arvanitaki, A., Dimopoulos, S., & Van Tilburg, K. (2016). Sound of Dark Matter: Searching for Light Scalars with Resonant-Mass Detectors. Physical Review Letters, 116(3), 031102-?
Dimopoulos, S., & Susskind, L. (1978). BARYON NUMBER OF THE UNIVERSE. PHYSICAL REVIEW D, 18(12), 4500–4509.


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