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University Faculty Lecture

Rocking the world of physics

Our best theory of how the universe works may be imperfect. At the 2023 University Faculty Lecture on March 29, UW Physics Professor David W. Hertzog explained how scientists were using subatomic particles called muons to do some detective work. A collaborative experiment involving UW researchers showed muons behaving differently than predicted — another clue to help solve the mystery. Watch a recording of the lecture below.

David W. Hertzog

Winner of the UW 2022 University Faculty Lecture Award, David W. Hertzog is the Arthur B. McDonald Distinguished Professor of Physics and director of the UW Center for Experimental Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics.

He currently leads a group conducting high-precision experiments involving the muon, a fundamental subatomic particle.

He was also a founding co-spokesperson for the Muon g-2 experiment at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

Hertzog has received numerous awards and honors, including the Tom W. Bonner Prize in Nuclear Physics, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and the American Physical Society Fellowship.

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