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Tomasz Skwarnicki

Tomasz Skwarnicki

Tomasz Skwarnicki



317 Physics Building
Office: 315.443.5979


  • 1986 Ph.D. in Physics Institute of Nuclear Physics, Krakow, Poland
  • 1982 MS.C. in Physics Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

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Research Interests
  • Experimental elementary particle physics.
  • Search for new forces in weak decays of particles with charm and beauty.
  • Spectroscopy of heavy quarkonia.
  • Computing and instrumentation for high energy physics.
  • Presently involved in the LHCb experiment at CERN. Previously participated in CLEO (Cornell), BTeV (Fermilab), GEM (SSC), Crystal Ball and LENA (DESY) projects.

Research Spotlight


The High Energy Group at SU is part of the LHCb experiment at CERN.

LHCb web-site.

Syracuse Physicist Discovers New Class of Pentaquarks

(March 26, 2019)

Findings by Professor Tomasz Skwarnicki recast understanding of structural matter

Syracuse Awarded $3.7 Million for Particle Physics Research

(Aug. 13, 2018)

High-Energy Physics Group using NSF grant award to support ongoing data analysis, construction of new tracking device

Physics Alumnus Wins Major Dissertation Award

(Nov. 27, 2017)

Nathan Jurik G'16 recognized for groundbreaking work on pentaquarks

Physicists at Forefront of Multinational Experiment

(Oct. 16, 2017)

Syracuse's High-Energy Physics group is building, testing new detector for LHCb experiment in Geneva, Switzerland

Physicists Discover Family of Tetraquarks

(July 7, 2016)

Professor Tomasz Skwarnicki, Thomas Britton G'16 confirm existence of rare 'exotic' particle, find evidence of three others

LHCb's Pentaquark Discovery Named 'Top-10 Breakthrough' of 2015

(Dec. 14, 2015)

Syracuse physicists led data analysis, putting to rest 51-year-old mystery

Syracuse Physicists Confirm Existence of Rare ‘Pentaquarks’

(July 14, 2015)

Discovery marks culmination of decades-long search for elusive particles

Selected Publications
Honors and Awards
  • Award of the Counsel of Atomic Research in Poland for the thesis dissertation (1986).
  • Recipient of the Outstanding Junior Investigator Grant from DOE and of the SSC Fellowship from TNRLC (1993).
  • American Physical Society Fellow (2001-).
  • Chancellor's Citation for Faculty Excellence and Scholarly Distinction, Syracuse University, 2008.
  • Honored as "Pole of The Year" at Polish Festival, Syracuse (2008).
  • Member of Physics Advisory Committee for the Belle experiment, KEK, Japan (2007-2012).
  • Distinguished Fellow of Eminent Scientists of Polish Origin and Ancestry, Kosciuszko Foundation (2014).
  • American Physical Society
  • Polish Physical Society
  • Board member of Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music
  • Sierra Club

Links to the external news posts related to the observations of the tetraquark and pentaquark states (click on the image)