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
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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