André de Gouvêa

André de Gouvêa is an assistant professor of physics and astronomy at Northwestern. His research interests are in theoretical particle physics, and most of his research efforts are concentrated on the physics of electroweak processes within and beyond the standard model, especially those involving neutrinos, neutrino oscillations and neutrino masses. Like almost everyone else in the particle physics community, he is eagerly awaiting data from the LHC and other next-generation particle physics experiments.

Content by André de Gouvêa


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.