A Christian Liberal Arts University, Est. 1846

Ken Kiers

Professor of Physics
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Specialties:
  • b meson physics
  • chaos and encryption with electrical circuits
  • cp violation
  • extensions of the standard model
  • higgs physics
  • left-right model
  • mathematical methods in physics
  • multi-higgs models
  • neutrino physics
  • particle physics theory
  • phenomenology
  • quantum mechanics
  • supersymmetry
  • top quark physics
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Advice to incoming students

Take Dr. Davis’ advice during University Physics I – to succeed in physics or engineering, you need to work hard.  Others in your dorm may have lots of time for playing video games, but you don’t!  Also, try to get to know some of the upperclassmen in physics or engineering.  They can be a great source of advice for succeeding in the major.  Finally, please ask your professors for help if you are stuck.  It’s better to come sooner rather than wait until you’re way behind.

Why I Came to Taylor

I went to a Christian college for a few years as an undergraduate and really felt called to teach at a similar institution after I received my Ph.D.  Taylor’s great!  I love teaching and getting to know our students.  Being around 18-22-year-olds all the time has a way of keeping you young!

Hobbies

  • Wood working
  • Construction/framing
  • Racquetball
  • Computer programming

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.