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Physicist Valery A. Rubakov to Speak at Brookhaven Lab on Extra Dimensions in Space, April 27

March 31, 2010

UPTON, NY — Valery A. Rubakov, chief scientist at the Institute for Nuclear Research at the Russian Academy of Sciences, will give a BSA Distinguished Lecture — “Extra Dimensions of Space: Are They Going to be Found Soon?” — at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory on Tuesday, April 27, at 4 p.m. in Berkner Hall. BSA Distinguished Lectures are sponsored by Brookhaven Science Associates, the company that manages Brookhaven Lab, to bring topics of general interest before the Laboratory community and the public. The lecture is free and open to the public. Visitors to the Laboratory age 16 and over must bring a photo ID.

In his lecture, Rubakov will discuss superstring theory and M-theory, which attempt to explain all the particles and basic forces of nature. While space is normally thought to be three-dimensional, these theories suggest that there may be many more dimensions in space, perhaps as many as ten. These theories have never been proven, but discoveries at the new Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, may provide data to elucidate them. Rubakov will discuss the possibility of new findings at the LHC related to these theories, and, if new dimensions were verified, what the implications would be related to scientists’ current understanding of the basis of matter.

Rubikov received a M.Sc. in physics from Moscow State University in 1978, and a Ph.D. in physics and mathematics from the Institute for Nuclear Research, Russian Academy of Sciences in 1981. In addition, he pursued his postgraduate education at the Institute of High Energy Physics in Protvino, Russia, in 1989. In 1981, Rubikov began his career as a junior research fellow at the Institute for Nuclear Research, Russian Academy of Sciences, and he advanced through the ranks to become vice-director of research in 1987, and chief scientist in 1994. He also is a professor of physics at Moscow State University.

Rubikov has received numerous awards for his research, including the Gold Medal and Prize of the Russian Academy of Sciences for Junior Scientists in 1984, the A.A. Friedmann Prize of the Russian Academy of Sciences in 1997, the Pomeranchuk Prize from the Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics in 2003, the M.A. Markov Prize from the Institute for Nuclear Research in 2005, and the J. Hans D. Jensen Prize from Ruprecht-Karls University in Heidelberg, and the Solvay Chair in Physics at the International Solvay Institutes in Brussels, both in 2009.

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