Director Yannis K. Semertzidis
Director Yannis K. Semertzidis, a fellow of the American Physics Society and a tenured, senior physicist at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York, was appointed as director of the IBS research center in October 2013 in recognition of his experiments in precision particle physics and his experimental plan to search for the dark-matter axion. The IBS center was set up at KAIST with a new IBS building location already chosen to house the experiment and a number of other IBS centers at KAIST.
Until recently, he focused mainly on two experimental projects: one exploring the dark-matter axion, and another doing precision physics in storage rings including the muon g-2 experiment and searching for the electric dipole moment (EDM) of protons with unprecedented sensitivity. According to the theory of quantum mechanics (QM) the existence of the EDM of protons would violate the discrete symmetries of P-parity and T-time reversal symmetries. Those symmetries are linked to the matter-anti-matter asymmetry problem and an observed proton EDM will help solve that mystery.