Dr. Ken Kiers
Department Chair & Professor of Physics
Phone: (765) 998-4689
Specialties: Quantum Mechanics, Mathematical Methods in Physics, Chaos and encryption with electrical circuits, Particle physics theory, CP violation, Phenomenology, extensions of the Standard Model, Supersymmetry, Multi-Higgs Models, Left-Right Model, Top quark physics, B meson physics, Higgs physics, Neutrino physics
Major career accomplishments:
I received my Ph.D. in 1996 from the University of British Columbia with a dissertation focused primarily on neutrino oscillations. Neutrinos are very weakly interacting particles, and, at the time that I was working on my Ph.D., it was suspected that neutrinos could “oscillate” from one type to another. I happened to be at the conference in 1998 at which the discovery of neutrino oscillations was first announced. It was great to be able to witness such an historic event in physics first-hand. My main research area is in theoretical particle physics (specifically in what is called “phenomenology”). To date I have co-authored 25 papers in peer-reviewed journals. In addition to working in neutrino physics, I have also done work in the physics of top and bottom quarks, tau leptons and Higgs bosons. As a sort of “side” research area, I have also examined chaotic behaviour in electrical circuits. Most of my papers in particle physics can be found here.