Rabindra Mohapatra's Pioneering "Seesaw" Work Noted
- Published: Thursday, 23 April 2020 10:51
A paper by Distinguished University Professor Rabi Mohapatra has been named one of the three most influential titles in the first fifty years of Physical Review D, which was established to cover the fields of particles, fields, gravitation, and cosmology.
The “neutrino mass seesaw" paper written with Goran Senjanović (his former student, then a post-doc at the University of Maryland), has helped theorists better assess neutrinos and has inspired various experimental quests, as noted in Physics magazine.
Mohapatra received his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in 1969, under the guidance of Robert Marshak and Susumu Okubo. After postdoctoral appointments at Stony Brook University and this campus, he joined the faculty of the City College of New York before returning to the University of Maryland as a full professor.
In addition to the neutrino mass seesaw paper, Mohapatra is well-known for being one of the co-proponents of the left-right symmetric theories of weak interactions, proposed during his UMD postdoctoral position in 1974. He also proposed the experimental search for neutron-anti-neutron oscillation and the idea of the massless particle majoron. He has also worked extensively on SO(10) grand unification.
Mohapatra is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a member of the Indian Academy of Sciences, a recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Prize and a University of Maryland Distinguished Scholar-Teacher. In 2016, he was named a Distinguished University Professor.
Reference paper: R. Mohapatra and G. Senjanović, “Neutrino masses and mixings in gauge models with spontaneous parity violation,” Phys. Rev. D 23, 165 (1981).