PhD student at CP3 Origins Matin Mojaza has made the list of 10 nominees for Danish Research Project of the Year, held by Videnskab.dk, with a research project on the “Principle of Maximum Conformality”.
(The site is in Danish. If you wish to cast your vote, follow the link, and at the bottom of the page choose “Dansker bag effektivt våben i jagten på ny fysik”. Click “Videre”, enter your e-mail address, and press “Indsend stemme”).
Together with colleagues Stanley J. Brodsky from Stanford University (U.S.) and Xing-Gang Wu from Chongqing University (China), Matin Mojaza has succeeded in creating a new method that makes it easier to search for new physics in the universe. The method is a so-called “scalesetting procedure”, and it fills gaps in the theories, models and simulations that form the basis of particle physics today.
– With this method we can eliminate much of the uncertainty in theories and models of today, Matin Mojaza says.
In connection with the nomination, Matin Mojaza was interviewed about the research project for Videnskab.dk. Read the article here (in Danish).
Many theories and models in particle physics today have the problem that they, together with their predictions, provide parameters that scientists do not know how to set.
– Physicists do not know what values they should give these parameters. For example, when we study the Standard Model and see these unknown parameters, we cannot know whether they should be interpreted as conditions that support or oppose to the Standard Model – this makes it quite difficult to study the Standard Model accurately enough to investigate its value, Matin Mojaza explains.
With the new approach, researchers can now rid their models completely of unknown parameters and thus better assess whether a theory or a model holds water.