Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics
Office: 3-116 Knudsen
Phone: (310) 825-3588
In the recent past, research interests have been in heavy quark physics and bound state theory. My students and I have done research on both QCD and QED bound states; i.e., quarkonium and positronium, muonium, etc.. A recent publication summarizing the QCD work is an article in Quark Confinement and the Hadron Spectrum, N. Brambilla and G. M. Prosperi, ed.; World Scientific, Singapore, 1995 entitled "Threshold Production of Charmed and B Mesons in e+e- Annihilations."
More recent work has been in general relativity.
Prof. Byers works on history of physics having done research recently on the contributions of 20th century women to physics. See electronic archive on the World Wide Web at http://cwp.library.ucla.edu and/or by clicking on the hyperlink provided here.
She has written on the scientists' role in the 1945 decision to use atomic bombs in the war against Japan. In addition to this paper see also her presentation on Fermi and Szilard at the University of Chicago Reunion on the Centennial of Enrico Fermi's Birth.