Thomas Appelquist’s research has dealt with various topics in theoretical high energy physics. Among his contributions are his work predicting the existence of the J/Psi particle, the formulation of the decoupling theorem in quantum field theory, the study of quantum effects in Kaluza-Klein theories, the development of the electroweak chiral lagrangian, the proposal of walking technicolor theories, the idea of universal extra dimensions, and the analysis of conformal symmetry in certain gauge theories studied in lattice computations.
In his current research, he is developing and analyzing effective field theories with approximate conformal symmetry and an associated dilaton. This work, with collaborators at Yale and elsewhere, continues to be motivated by the lattice studies of strongly coupled gauge theories. These theories could describe new physics accessible at the Large Hadron Collider or responsible for the formation of composite dark matter.
In recent years, he has enjoyed teaching quantum mechanics and quantum field theory to graduate students and precocious undergraduates at Yale. He was born in Emmetsburg, Iowa and grew up in northwest Indiana. He enjoys spending time in the Colorado mountains, and in London and San Francisco where his children and grandchilcren live.