Henry Tye

Horace White Professor of Physics

461 Physical Sciences Building
Cornell University
Ithaca NY 14853

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B.S., 1970, California Institute of Technology. Ph.D., 1974, Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Research Associate, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, 1974-77. Research Associate, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, 1977-78. Research Associate, Cornell University, 1978-80. Senior Research Associate, Cornell University, 1980-87. Professor, Physics, Cornell University, 1987-present. Horace White Professor of Physics, Cornell University, 2007 - present. Fellow, American Physical Society.

Research Areas
Particle theory; superstring theory; cosmology; brane world

Current Research
Elementary particle theory and the interface between cosmology and superstring theory. At the moment, the research is mainly focused on how the superstring theory describes nature. Specifically, the focus is on the recent brane world idea. In this picture, the standard model particles (such as the photon, the gluons, the electron and the quarks) live in the 3+1 dimensional brane while gravitons live in the higher dimensional bulk. Inflation takes place when extra branes are present. String theory properties lead to a robust brane inflationary scenario. Cosmic strings are produced towards the end of inflation, when the extra branes collide. Cosmological implications of this scenario are studied. To understand this scenario in the context of the cosmic landscape in string theory, the wavefunction of the universe and its properties are also studied. An inflationary scenario based on this picture is also proposed and studied. 

  • Spotlight

    Peter Wittich is an assistant professor in LEPP. He collaborates with assistant professor Julia Thom's research group. They are part of an international collaboration preparing the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment that will operate at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) scheduled to begin operation in 2007 in Geneva, Switzerland. Professor Wittich explains that "We're trying to understand fundamental questions such as 'What is the nature of space-time?' and 'Where does mass come from?' We do this by smashing protons together and looking at the very small particles that come out ... read more