Seminar on Axions and the Dark Matter Problem by Prof. Frank Wilczek

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On April 21, ITMO’s Faculty of Physics and Engineering will host an online seminar on Axions and the Dark Matter Problem by Prof. Frank Wilczek.

The existence of axions is predicted by theoretical models capable of bringing our understanding of approximate time-reversal symmetry to a new level. The predicted properties of axions are remarkably well-defined but rather unusual. If axions exist, they probably act as a cold dark matter in cosmology. It’s extremely challenging to confirm or disprove this hypothesis experimentally, however, researchers have proposed a number of promising approaches and are now searching for a new particle. 

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Frank Wilczek is a theoretical physicist and writer. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2004 for the discovery of asymptotic freedom in the theory of strong interaction.

Prof. Wilczek made major contributions to elementary particle physics, cosmology, and materials physics. His current research focuses on axions, anyons, and time crystals – concepts that he developed and introduced into physics. Each of these concepts determined the direction for research around the world.

In recent years, he has become interested in the possibilities of expanding perception through technology. To achieve this goal, he is developing hardware and software tools. He is an author of several renowned books and a columnist (“Wilczek's Universe”) at the Wall Street Journal. His most recent book was published in 2021.

Wilczek earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago in 1970 and his PhD from Princeton University in 1974. Now, he is a professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a founding director of T. D. Lee Institute, a head researcher at the Wilczek Quantum Center of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, a distinguished professor at Arizona State University, and a professor at Stockholm University.


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ITMO’s Faculty of Physics and Engineering