Tom W. B. Kibble

Thomas Walter Bannerman Kibble is a senior research investigator at The Blackett Laboratory, at Imperial College London, UK. His research interests are in quantum field theory, especially the interface between high-energy particle physics and cosmology. He has worked on mechanisms of symmetry breaking, phase transitions and the topological defects (monopoles, cosmic strings or domain walls) that can be formed. His seminal paper on cosmic strings introduced the phenomenon into modern cosmology.

Kibble is the author, jointly with Frank Berkshire of the Imperial College Mathematics Department, of a textbook on classical mechanics. The fifth edition was published by Imperial College Press in Spring 2004. Kibble is noted for his co-discovery of the Higgs mechanism and Higgs boson with Gerald Guralnik and C. R. Hagen [ [http://prola.aps.org/abstract/PRL/v13/i20/p585_1 Global Conservation Laws and Massless Particles] ] . As part of Physical Review Letters 50th anniversary celebration, the journal recognized this discovery as one of the milestone papers in PRL history [ [http://prl.aps.org/50years/milestones Physical Review Letters - 50th Anniversary Milestone Papers] ] .

He is one of the two co-chairs of an interdisciplinary research Programme funded by the European Science Foundation (ESF) on Cosmology in the Laboratory (COSLAB) which runs from 2001 to 2005. He was previously the coordinator of an ESF Network on Topological Defects in Particle Physics, Condensed Matter & Cosmology (TOPDEF).

Kibble is an avid cyclist.

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External links

* [http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/people/t.kibble T. Kibble's home page]
* [http://www.slac.stanford.edu/spires/find/hepnames/www?rawcmd=FIND+NAME+kibble Papers written by T. Kibble on the Spires abstract service]
* [http://www.ams.org/msnmain?fn=130&fmt=hl&pg1=IID&s1=158371&v1=Kibble, T. W. B. Papers written by T. Kibble on the Mathematical Reviews website]
* [http://prola.aps.org/search/field/author/Kibble_T_W Papers written by T. Kibble in Physical Review]
* [http://prl.aps.org/50years/milestones Physical Review Letters - 50th Anniversary Milestone Papers]
* [http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/newsandeventspggrp/imperialcollege/newssummary/news_13-6-2008-12-42-20?newsid=38514 Imperial College London on PRL 50th Anniversary Milestone Papers]
* [http://cerncourier.com/cws/article/cern/32522 In CERN Courier, Steven Weinberg reflects on spontaneous symmetry breaking]
* [http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/print/11353 Physics World, Introducing the little Higgs]

ee also

*Higgs mechanism
*Higgs boson


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