picture Professor

Origin of masses and their hierarchies


Brief CV

B.A., Simon Fraser (1977); Ph.D., Harvard (1981). Postdoctoral, Stanford (1981-1984);Visiting Professor, RIFP, Kyoto, (Summer, 1988); ITP, Santa Barbara, (Spring, 1990); Fermilab, (Fall, 1990); Nagoya, (Spring, 1991). ITP, Santa Barbara, (Summer, 1994); Kyoto, (Summer, 1995); KEK, (Spring, 1998).


The Higgs boson has been discovered and a Nobel Prize has been awarded. The absence of other discoveries at the LHC has made life difficult for particle theorists. Here are my unorthodox predictions for a brighter future.
  • Deviations from standard model predictions for the Higgs will eventually be established.
  • The Higgs boson will be just one manifestation of new TeV scale physics.
  • New heavy chiral fermions will be found.
  • The concept of naturalness will once again come back into fashion.
Here are my equally unorthodox views regarding the ultimate theory of particle physics.
  • It contains no elementary scalar fields.
  • It contains no dimensionful parameters.
  • It is a massless gauge theory of chiral fermions.
  • All masses are generated dynamically.
There is still much to learn and to appreciate about such theories.


A list of my publications is available here.


Varun Sahni 1987-1989
Takuya Morozumi 1992-1993
George Triantaphyllou 1993-1995
M. V. Ramana 1994-1996
Tibor Torma 1997-2000
Hael Collins 1999-2001
Takayuki Hirayama 2002-2004
Scott Watson 2005-2007
Qi-Shu Yan 2008-2010
Jing Ren 2014-present


John Terning PhD 1990
Randy Lewis PhD 1995
Cameron Wicentowich PhD 1995
Stefan Roux PhD 2000
Catalina Gomez PhD 2016
Melissa Ratzlaff present
Chen Zhang present

This page is maintained by Bob Holdom. Last updated: Sept 2016.