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Department News and Colloquium

Physics & Astronomy Colloquium at CSU Long Beach

Distinguished Lecture in Physics

Laying the God Particle to Rest

Prof. Craig D. Roberts

Argonne National Laboratory, IL

Monday, Feb 19, 2018

Time: 10:00 am in HSCI 100
We recommend that you arrive at room HSCI-100 for the Distinguished Lecture by 9:45am
to allow time for seating, as the Lecture will begin promptly at 10:00AM.

Professor Craig Roberts is a Senior Scientist in the Physics Division at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) – the USA’s oldest National Laboratory. Having served as Theory Group Leader from 2001 until 2017, longer than any other person in the seventy-year history of the Laboratory, he stepped down last year in order to devote more attention to research at the newly upgraded Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, Newport News, VA, and the effort to secure support for an Electron Ion Collider in the USA. He is a world-renowned Nuclear and Particle Physicist who has won numerous awards for outstanding contributions in Scientific Research and Science Management. He has authored over 160 research articles elucidating the theory of strong interactions, edited three Books, and delivered over 300 presentations around the world. He has trained numerous junior scientists, and two of his former post-doctoral Fellows are now Physics faculty at CSU Long Beach!

Physics Colloquium

Cannibals in the Standard Model

Craig D. Roberts

Argonne National Laboratory, IL

Special Date: Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018

Time: 11:15 am in PH1-223
Refreshments will be served at 10:45 am in HSCI-224.

Abstract: Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD), the nuclear physics part of the Standard Model, is the first theory to demand that science fully resolve the conflicts generated by joining relativity and quantum mechanics. In attempting to match QCD with Nature, it is necessary to confront the innumerable complexities of strong, nonlinear dynamics in relativistic quantum field theory. The peculiarities of QCD ensure that it is also the only known fundamental theory with the capacity to sustain massless elementary degrees-of-freedom, gluons (gauge bosons) and quarks (matter fields); and yet gluons and quarks are predicted to acquire mass dynamically so that the only massless systems in QCD are its composite Nambu-Goldstone bosons. All other everyday bound states possess nuclear-size masses, far in excess of anything that can directly be tied to the Higgs boson. These points highlight the most important unsolved questions within the Standard Model: what is the source of the mass for the vast bulk of visible matter in the Universe, how is its appearance connected with confinement; how is this mass distributed within hadrons and does the distribution differ from one hadron to another? I will provide a contemporary sketch of the strong-QCD landscape, highlighting the wide-ranging and observable impacts of gluon cannibalism within this most extraordinary of theories.

All Physics students & faculty should attend!

See the colloquium schedule and its archive of previous talks

Colloquia are scheduled to start Mondays at 11:15am sharp in Peterson Hall 1, Room PH1-223. Refreshments are served from 10:45am to 11:05am in Room HSCI-224 (next to the department office) and everyone is invited to mingle with faculty and students!


For information and suggestions about the colloquium please contact the colloquium coordinator:
Prof. Prashanth Jaikumar, Phone: 562-985-5592, Email:

Directions to Campus

  • Access to Campus
  • Campus Maps
  • Parking on campus: contact the coordinator of the colloquium. If not reachable, call the department office (562) 985-7925. If none of these are available at the time you need information, call (562) 985-4146 or go to the drive-through information booth at the main campus entrance (on Beach Drive, near the crossing to Bellflower).
  • Walk (or ask for a ride on an on-campus shuttle) to the department office: Hall of Sciences, Room 220 (HSCI-220). The coordinator will provide the necessary informations.
  • Any question or problem: call the colloquium coordinator or the department office (562) 985-7925.

Colloquia Sponsors:

We acknowledge with gratitude donations and support from the following present sponsors:

  • H.E. and H.B. Miller and Family Endowment
  • Benjamin Carter
  • The American Physical Society
  • Anonymous

We also acknowledge with gratitude our past donors: The Forty-Niner Shops, Inc., The Northrop Grumman Foundation, Sandra Dana, Anonymous.

If you wish to support the Colloquium, please contact the colloquium coordinator or the department chair. Thank you!

Colloquia Schedule

Academic Year 2017-2018

Date Title Speaker and Affiliation
September 11 Physics Department Meet and Mix Faculty and Staff,
California State University, Long Beach
September 18 Constraining Planet Formation with Directly Imaged Exoplanets Prof. Quinn Konopacky,
University of California, San Diego
September 25 Neutron Stars: Challenges and Opportunities Prof. Thomas Klähn,
California State University, Long Beach
October 2 Topological Order in Condensed Matter Physics Prof. Michael R. Peterson,
California State University, Long Beach
October 9 A Paradigmatic Study of Exo-Academia Economic Opportunites in the Absence of a Physics Doctorate John Milligan,
Logical Approach Engineering
October 16 Scanning Tunneling Microscopy of Graphene: Hydrogen Desorption and Nitrogen Doping Prof. Li Gao,
California State University, Northridge
October 23 Majorana Materializes Prof. Jason Alicea,
California Institute of Technology
October 30 What is a skyrmion? Dr. Hector Ochoa,
University of California, Los Angeles
Novemeber 6 Force Sensing by Bacteria Prof. Albert Siryaporn,
University of California, Irvine
Novemeber 13 Density Functional Theory and its Applications to Physics and Chemistry Dr. Kurt Fredrickson,
Applied Materials (Sunnyvale, CA)
Novemeber 27 A Curious Supergravity Story Prof. Zvi Bern,
University of California, Los Angeles
December 4 The Next Questions in Neutrino Physics Prof. Ryan Patterson,
California Institute of Technology
January 29 Chasing the Sun Dr. David Yu,
DULY Research Inc.
February 5 Superconductivity versus Magnetism in Electron-Doped Iron Selenide Prof. Jose Rodriguez,
Department of Physics and Astronomy, CSU Los Angeles
February 12 A Brief Introduction to Rotor Dynamics Dr. Louis Komzsik,
University of California, Irvine
February 21 Cannibals in the Standard Model Craig D. Roberts,
Argonne National Laboratory, IL