Meet Our Physicists

Tao Han

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Tao Han received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin in 1990. He was a Research Associate at Fermilab and a National SSC Fellow until 1993. He joined UC Davis as an Assistant Professor in 1993 and was promoted to Associate Professor II in 1997. In 1998, he returned to UW Madison, was promoted to Full Professor in 2001, and served as co-director for the “Phenomenology Institute” from 2006. In 2011, he relocated to the University of Pittsburgh and presently serves as the founding director of the Pittsburgh Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology Center (PITT PACC). He was named Distinguished Professor of High Energy Physics in 2014.

Han’s research has focused on new physics at colliders, phenomenological formulation of theoretical models. He contributed to Higgs physics at hadron colliders, initiating the concepts of “central-jet vetoing”, “forward-jet tagging”, and “cluster transverse mass.” He contributed to the formulation for R-parity violating interactions in SUSY, and the Lagrangian field-theoretic description for Kaluza-Klein states in large extra dimensions. He proposed to test neutrino mass generation mechanisms at colliders, among other experiments. He has also worked on dark matter studies connecting collider signals with direct and indirect searches. In recent years, he has been involved in exploring physics potentials for future high-energy colliders.

Han was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) in 2003 and a Fermilab Frontier Fellow in 2004. He is an elected general member of Aspen Center for Physics and of CTEQ. He was 2021 Chair of APS Division of Particles and Fields, Chair for the 2020 APS April Meeting. Han now serves on International Advisory Panels for the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK) and Durham University’s IPPP.

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Positions Held

General Member, 2016 – current