Ian Low

Ian Low, an assistant professor of physics at Northwestern University, is a theoretical high energy physicist holding a joint appointment with Argonne National Laboratory. He has worked on a wide range of topics from within and beyond the standard model of high energy physics, including possible connections with cosmology. Low's most recent research activity focuses on understanding the origin of mass of all elementary particles, with an emphasis on scenarios which could be tested at the Large Hadron Collider, as well as ways to measure the property of the Higgs boson if it is verified empirically.

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The Compact Muon Solenoid, one of the Large Hadron Collider's enormous detectors. It will be utilized in the search for new particles, including the Higgs boson. (image credit: CERN)

Have you ever wondered what you are truly made of? At first glance, the answer is pretty obvious—skin, muscles, bones, and so on. But you can keep going—what is your skin made of? Then what are your cells made of? Eventually you’ll get down to the most fundamental components—things that can’t be broken down any further.