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Belén Gavela, acknowledged with the Julius Wess Award 2023 for pioneering research in particle physics

  • Belén Gavela, a foundational member of the Institute for Theoretical Physics (IFT) since its inception, affiliated with the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), has been honored with the distinguished Julius Wess Award 2023 by the KIT Center for Elementary Particle and Astroparticle Physics (KCETA) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

Belén Gavela’s groundbreaking research has fostered our understanding of the fundamental nature of particles and their interactions. Her investigations into CP violation and flavor physics in quarks and leptons have unveiled critical insights into the asymmetry between matter and antimatter, one of the profound mysteries of particle behavior.

Moreover, her exploration of the dynamics of neutrino oscillations has been pivotal in comprehending the elusive properties of neutrinos, shedding light on their oscillatory nature and oscillation probabilities, which are crucial in the study of neutrino masses and mixing and their CP properties.

Belén Gavela is also one of the founders of the subfield of weak matrix elements on the lattice, the latter being a theoretical framework used in particle physics to discretize spacetime into a grid-like structure, enabling calculations and simulations of quantum field theories on a finite grid.

In addition, Belén Gavela’s work in investigating effective field theories associated with electroweak symmetry breaking stands out. Her theoretical insights into the fundamental forces and the mechanisms underlying the breaking of electroweak symmetry have significantly enriched our understanding of the building blocks of the universe.