Raman Sundrum


Raman Sundrum (born 1964) is an Indian-American theoretical particle physicist. He contributed to the field with a class of models called the Randall–Sundrum models, first published in 1999 with Lisa Randall.[2] He is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland and the director of Maryland Center for Fundamental Physics.[3]

Raman Sundrum
Alma materUniversity of Sydney
Yale University
Known forRandall–Sundrum model
AwardsSakurai Prize (2019)
Scientific career
InstitutionsJohns Hopkins University
Stanford University
Boston University
Harvard University
University of California, Berkeley
University of Maryland


Raman Sundrum did his undergraduate studies at University of Sydney in Australia and received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1990. He was one of two Alumni Centennial Professors in the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the Johns Hopkins University. He was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2003 "for his discoveries in supergravity and in theories of extra dimensions, and for applications to testable models of fundamental physics".[4]

In 2010, he left Johns Hopkins and moved to the University of Maryland. His research is in theoretical particle physics and focuses on theoretical mechanisms and observable implications of extra spacetime dimensions, supersymmetry, and strongly coupled dynamics.

According to Scientific American,[5] he was considering leaving physics for finance, when he called collaborator Lisa Randall to propose working together on membranes, or "branes" as they are known. Branes are domains or swaths of several spatial dimensions within a higher-dimensional space. The fruits of that collaboration were papers known as RS-1[2] and RS-2.[5]

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  1. ^ Paul Halpern, The great beyond, Wiley, 2004, p 280.
  2. ^ a b Randall, Lisa; Sundrum, Raman (1999). "Large Mass Hierarchy from a Small Extra Dimension". Physical Review Letters. 83 (17): 3370–3373. arXiv:hep-ph/9905221. Bibcode:1999PhRvL..83.3370R. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.83.3370.
  3. ^ "Maryland Center for Fundamental Physics".
  4. ^ "APS Fellow Archive". APS. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  5. ^ a b The Beauty of Branes, Scientific American, October 2005.
  6. ^ "2019 J.J. Sakurai Prize for Theoretical Particle Physics Recipient". APS. Retrieved 30 September 2020.

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