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Paul Howard Frampton

Louis D. Rubin, Jr. Distinguished Professor
Born October 31, 1943 (1943-10-31) (age 66)
Kidderminster, England
Residence Chapel Hill
Fields particle phenomenology
Institutions Chapel Hill
Alma mater Oxford
Doctoral advisor J.C. Taylor
Known for chiral color

331 model

hexagon anomaly

Paul Howard Frampton (born October 31, 1943, in England) is a particle phenomenologist. Since 1996, he is the Louis D. Rubin, Jr. Distinguished Professor of physics, at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Born in Kidderminster, he attended King Charles I School, 1954-62, then Oxford University 1962-68. He received BA (Double First) in 1965, MA, DPhil in 1968, and DSc in 1984, degrees all from Oxford. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1990), the American Physical Society (1981) and the Institute of Physics (1986).



Frampton's Oxford thesis analyzed the relationship between current algebra and superconvergence sum rules, and contained a 1967 sum rule[1], derived with Taylor. In particle phenomenology, two examples of extensions of the standard model are: the chiral color model, in 1987, which predicts[2] axigluons; then the 331 model[3], in 1992, which can explain the number of quark-lepton generations, and predicts bileptons. Bileptons and axigluons serve as targets of opportunity for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). In 2002, with Glashow and Yanagida, he built a model relating matter-antimatter asymmetry in the early universe to measurements possible on Earth[4]. In formal research, three examples are: he calculated, in 1976, the rate of vacuum decay in quantum field theory [5]; next, in 1982, he analyzed, with Kephart, ten-dimensional gauge field theory, and its hexagon anomaly, before the first superstring revolution[6]; then, in 1988, with Okada he constructed [7] the lagrangian which describes the dynamics of the p-Adic string. In 2007, with Baum, he built, for cosmology, a cyclic model [8] which solved a 75-year-old entropy problem discussed by Tolman . He speculated, based on entropy [9], that black holes, with many thousand times the solar mass, are a possible candidate for dark matter [10]. In 2010, with Easson and Smoot, he proposed that both present [11], and inflationary [12], cosmic accelerations can be understood simply by assumption of the holographic principle.

Other activities

A Festschrift [13] for his 60th birthday, in 2003, included contributions by Glashow, 't Hooft, Veltman, and several other similarly-known physicists. A 2005 issue of International Journal of Modern Physics is dedicated to him.


Frampton's first publication was Chirality Commutator and Vector Mesons, in 1967. He has published mainly in areas of particle phenomenology. He was the author of a book[14] on string theory, in 1974 (2nd edition1986), when it was still named the dual resonance model. In 1986, he published a book[15] on quantum field theory (2nd edition 2000, 3rd edition 2008). A book[16] on cyclic cosmology, for the general public, was published in 2009.

  • P.H. Frampton and J.C. Taylor, Superconvergence Sum Rules in Pi-Rho Scattering, Nuov. Cim. 49A, 152 (1967).
  • P.H. Frampton and Yoichiro Nambu, Asymptotic Behavior of Partial Widths , published in Wentzel's festschrift (1970).
  • P.H. Frampton and T.W. Kephart, Anomalies in Higher Dimensions, Phys. Rev. Lett. 50, 1343, 1347 (1983); Phys. Rev. D28, 1010 (1983).
  • P.H. Frampton and Sheldon L. Glashow, Chiral Color: Alternative to the Standard Model, Phys. Lett. 190B, 157 (1987); Phys. Rev. Lett. 58, 2168 (1987).
  • P.H. Frampton and Y. Okada, Effective Scalar Field Theory of the p-Adic String, Phys. Rev. D37, 3077 (1988).
  • P.H. Frampton, Chiral Dilepton Model and the Flavor Question, Phys. Rev. Lett. 69, 2889 (1992).
  • P.H. Frampton, Sheldon L. Glashow and T. Yanagida, Cosmological Sign of Neutrino CP Violation, Phys. Lett. B548 119 (2002).
  • La Belle Epoque of High Energy Physics and Cosmology, Editors: T. Curtright, S. Mintz and A. Perlmutter, World Scientific Publishing Company (2004).
  • International Journal of Modern Physics Volume A20 No 6 March 10 2005 dedicated to Paul Frampton.
  • L. Baum and P.H. Frampton, Turnaround in Cyclic Cosmology, Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 071301 (2007).
  • P.H. Frampton, High Longevity Microlensing Events and Dark Matter Black Holes. Plenary talk at COSMO 08 Conference. arXiv: 0806.1707 [gr-qc] (2008).
  • P.H. Frampton, Identification of All Dark Matter as Black Holes. arXiv: 0905.3632 [hep-th] (2009).
  • D. Easson, P.H. Frampton and George.F. Smoot, Entropic Accelerating Universe. arXiv: 1002.4278 [hep-th] (2010).
  • D. Easson, P.H. Frampton and George F. Smoot, Entropic Inflation. arXiv: 1003.1528 [hep-th] (2010).

Other publications

  • First Workshop on Grand Unification, Editors: P.H. Frampton, S.L. Glashow and A. Yildiz. Math Sci Press, Brookline (1980).
  • Third Workshop on Grand Unification, Editors: P.H. Frampton, S.L. Glashow and H. Van Dam. Birkhauser (1982).
  • North Carolina site proposal for superconducting super collider: Volumes 1. Executive summary, 2. Offer, financial and other incentives, 3. Geology and tunneling, 4. Regional resources, 5. Environment, 6. Setting, 7. Regional conditions, 8. Utilities, 9. Map supplement. Project Director: P.H. Frampton. Project Manager: W. Dunn. Governor's Science Adviser: E. MacCormac. Advised by employees of the North Carolina State Government and others. Submitted by the office of the Governor to the U.S. Department of Energy (1987).
  • Last Workshop on Grand Unification, Editor: P.H. Frampton. World Scientific Publishing Company (1989).
  • Eighth International Symposium on Particles, Strings and Cosmology (PASCOS), Editors: P.H. Frampton and Y.J. Ng. Rinton Press (2001).


  1. ^ Frampton, P. H.; J. C. Taylor (1967). "Superconvergence sum rules in pi-rho scattering". Nuovo Cimento 49A: 152–156. 
  2. ^ Frampton, Paul H.; Sheldon L. Glashow (1987). "Chiral color: An alternative to the standard model". Physics Letters B (Elsevier) 190 (1-2): 157–161. doi:10.1016/0370-2693(87)90859-8. 
  3. ^ Frampton, Paul H. (1992). "Chiral dilepton model and the flavor question" (subscription required). Physical Review Letters (The American Physical Society) 69 (20): p2889–p2891. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.69.2889. 
  4. ^ Frampton, Paul H; Sheldon L Glashow and Tsutomo Yanagida (2002). "Cosmological Sign of Neutrino CP Violation". Physics Letters (Elsevier) B548: 119–121. 
  5. ^ Frampton, Paul H. (1976). "Vacuum Instability and Higgs Scalar Mass" (subscription required). Physical Review Letters (The American Physical Society) 37 (21): 1378–1380. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.37.1378. 
  6. ^ Frampton, Paul H.; Thomas W. Kephart (1983). "Explicit Evaluation of Anomalies in Higher Dimensions" (subscription required). Physical Review Letters (The American Physical Society) 50 (18): 1343–1346. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.50.1343. 
  7. ^ Frampton, Paul H; Yasuhiro Okada (1988). "Effective Scalar Field Theory of the p-Adic String". Physical Review D37: 3077–3079. 
  8. ^ Baum, Lauris; Frampton Paul H. (2007). "Turnaround in cyclic cosmology". Physical Review Letters (The American Physical Society) 98 (7): 071301. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.98.071301. 
  9. ^ "COSMO 08 Conference August 2008.". Frank Lloyd Wright Monona Terrace Convention Center, Madison, Wiconsin.. 
  10. ^ Frampton, Paul H. (2009). "Identification of All Dark Matter as Black Holes". arXiv:0905.3632 [hep-th].. 
  11. ^ D. Easson, P.H. Frampton and George. F. Smoot (2010). [http// "Entropic Accelerated Universe"]. http// 
  12. ^ D. Easson, P.H. Frampton and George F. Smoot (2010). [http// "Entropic Inflation"]. http// 
  13. ^ Curtright, Thomas; Mintz, Stephan; Perlmutter, Arnold (2004). "La Belle Epoche of High Energy Physics and Cosmology". World Scientific Publishing Company.. 
  14. ^ Frampton, Paul H. (1974). Dual resonance models. Frontiers in Physics, W. A. Benjamin. ISBN 978-0805325812. 
  15. ^ Frampton, Paul H. (1986). Gauge field theories. Frontiers in Physics, Addison-Wesley. ISBN 978-0471347835. 
  16. ^ Frampton, Paul Howard (2009). Did Time Begin? Will Time End?. World Scientific Publishing Company. ISBN 978-981-4280-58-7. 

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