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October 12, 2017 | 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Category: Seminar
Location: Physics & Astronomy Department - Liberal Arts and Sciences #245 | Map
666 W. Hancock
Detroit, MI 48201
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty

Fifty Years of Particle Physics and Discoveries at Fermilab

Pushpa Bhat, FNAL and Northern Illinois University

Fermilab, the premier laboratory for elementary particle physics and accelerator research in the U.S., has been at the forefront of fundamental discoveries for the past fifty years. It has had the distinction of discovering three fundamental particles – the bottom and top quarks, and the tau neutrino, as well as leading the detailed exploration of the Standard Model, and making major advances in the pursuit of the Higgs boson. The home of the highest energy proton accelerator and particle collider in the world until the end of the last decade, Fermilab has also led the development of enabling technologies for powerful accelerator facilities. In this talk, I will present the highlights of the past fifty years of particle physics at Fermilab and discuss its future program and role in the new global enterprise of particle physics.

Pushpa Bhat is a senior scientist at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), Deputy Head of Fermilab Program Planning, and an Adjunct Professor and graduate faculty at Northern Illinois University. After receiving her Ph.D. in physics from Bangalore University, India, in 1982 and a brief stint as a scientific officer at the Eindhoven University Cyclotron Lab in the Netherlands, she moved to the U.S. and carried out postdoctoral work in experimental high energy physics at Duke University and Fermilab. Her research career has spanned applied physics, nuclear physics and experimental particle physics, from keV energies to the energy frontier.

Bhat is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She has served as the Chair of the APS Forum on Physics and Society (FPS) and as Chair of several committees. She currently serves on the APS Council and on the APS Board of Directors, and as Secretary for the International Committee on Future Accelerators (ICFA).

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