The 2017 Robert Hofstadter Memorial lecture will be given tonight by Prof. Gerald Gabrielse, the George Vasmer Leverett Professor of Physics at Harvard University. Prof. Gabrielse started low energy antiproton and antihydrogen physics to investigate the symmetry between matter and antimatter, measured the electron g-factor to test the Standard Model's most precise prediction, and examined the electron electric dipole moment to search for the T violation missing in the Standard Model. He is a leader in super-precise measurements of fundamental particles and the study of anti-matter. This year, Prof. Gabrielse becomes the founding director of the Center for Fundamental Physics located at Northwestern University. A fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, Prof. Gabrielse is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the Davisson-Germer and Lilienfeld Prizes (both from the APS), Italy's Tomassoni Prize, Germany's Humboldt Research Award, and Harvard's prizes for both exceptional teaching and research.
Trapped antimatter particles and atoms open the way to extremely precise comparisons of antimatter and matter - made to test the most fundamental symmetry of the Standard Model.