Physics Colloquium - Dr. Krzysztof Turzynski Presenting Cosmology as a Branch of Particle Physics


Observations of the Universe provide us with ample evidence that the Standard Model of particle physics needs to be extended. Galaxy rotation curves, dynamics of galaxy clusters and the properties of the cosmic microwave background can be explained by extending the particle spectrum with massive particles which do not interact with light - dark matter particles. Abundances of light elements are consistent with primordial nucleosynthesis and the properties of the cosmic microwave background given that there is a precisely determined excess of matter over antimatter which cannot be explained within the Standard Model. The distribution of large structures in the Universe and the properties of the cosmic microwave background hint at the possibility that the hot Universe was preceded by rapidly accelerating - inflating - Universe. 

Attempts to describe all these phenomena with tools of particle physics require going beyond the Standard Model. During almost two decades of my career as a physicist I have had the privilege to contribute to each of the three aspects of cosmology described above. Based on this experience, I will provide a personal and subjective review of the progress that has been made in that time.



Dr. Krzysztof Turzyński is an Associate Professor of Physics at the University of Warsaw, Poland. He chairs the Group of the Theory of Elementary Particles and Interactions in the Institute of Theoretical Physics. He also serves as the Physics Department’s Dean of Students. Dr. Turzynski received his Ph.D. in Physics from The University of Warsaw, Poland. He was a Research Fellow at the Department of Physics, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

He has authored 31 publications in scientific journals. He serves as a reviewer for Physical Review D, Nuclear Physics B, European Physics Journal C, and International Journal of Physics G. He is a Member of the Polish Physical Society, and the Polish Children’s Fund. He is actively involved in the promotion of science at the Polish Children’s Fund. He regularly gives popular lectures at the Warsaw Science Festival. He has been a member of the Organizing Committee of Physics Olympiad in Poland.

Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 4:00 pm

Fisher Hall, 139
1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI 49931

Event Type

Academics, Lectures/Seminars

Target Audience

General Public


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