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World-class Physicist to Join KU as Foundation Professor

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Christophe Royon, research director at CEA-Saclay in France and a world leader in forward and diffractive physics, will join KU as a Foundation Distinguished Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy in January 2016. He is one of six Foundation Professors announced this year, one of 12 positions overall. Royon’s research helps advance many disciplines by providing a better understanding of subatomic particles and their role in matter throughout the universe. Harnessing the capabilities of colliders — atom-smashing devices — such as CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) near Geneva, or Fermilab near Chicago, Royon excels in developing techniques that assist in detection of high-speed particles traveling in myriad directions after colliding. Identifying the characteristics of these particles — such as their path, momentum, and energy — and applying that knowledge aids in the creation of a variety of instruments, and it furthers the world’s understanding of events throughout the universe. The full press release can be found at this link.