Joseph Lykken

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Joseph Lykken
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Born (1957-06-17) June 17, 1957 (age 61)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Scientific career
InstitutionsFermilab, University of Chicago

Joseph David Lykken (/ˈlɪkən/; born June 17, 1957) is a theoretical physicist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. As of July 1, 2014 he is the Deputy Director and Chief Research Officer [1] of Fermilab.

Background and education[edit]

Lykken received his Ph.D. in 1982 from M.I.T. He works in the Fermilab Theory Department, and is a collaborator of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider.[2]

He is the son of David T. Lykken, noted psychologist, behavioral geneticist, and twin researcher.


In 1996 Lykken proposed "weak scale superstrings," which posited extra dimensions of space within the reach of particle colliders, such as the Fermilab Tevatron, and the CERN Large Hadron Collider. This, and related ideas will be subject to direct and indirect experimental tests in the coming years.

Professional activities[edit]

Lykken is a former member and subpanel chair of the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel, which advises the United States Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation. He is a Trustee of the Aspen Center for Physics in Aspen, Colorado. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and is former chair of the APS Division of Particles and Fields.

Selected publications[edit]

Lykken's publications are available on the INSPIRE-HEP Literature Database [1].


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