The puzzle of positive parity scalar mesons

Prof. Luciano Maiani


Sala P7, IST, Edifício Pós-Graduação
Tuesday, October 17th, 2006 at 05:00 PM


Prof. Luciano Maiani was the Director General of CERN from 1999 to 2004. Luciano Maiani is a distinguished theoretical particle physicist and is the author or co-author of over many scientific publications on the theory of Elementary Particles and author of several Lecture Notes and Rapporteur Talks. His most important result is the prediction of charmed particles (with S. Glashow and J. Iliopoulos, 1970). The proposal, known as the Glashow - Ilipoulos - Maiani (GIM) mechanism, has been critical to the formulation of the unified theory of the Electroweak Interactions. Charmed particles were discovered a few years later (1976) with properties very close to those anticipated in the original GIM paper. Gaining his first qualifications in Rome, he subsequently worked at the Universities of Florence and Harvard. He was made professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Rome, "La Sapienza" in 1984 and since 1993 has been the President of the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN). Prof. Maiani was also President of the CERN Council since January 1997.

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