Marek Gazdzicki

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Mohana Kavya

"Experimenting for global collaboration at CERN"

More than 60 years ago the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
was founded by UNESCO and located at the Franco-Swiss border. The great idea
was to use basic science as one of pillars of Europe’s reconstruction and
unification after the World War II.
In this talk I will briefly sketch the history, explain a general relation between basic
science and building global collaboration as well as a role played by CERN in the process.

Marek Gazdzicki is a high-energy nuclear physicist, and the initiator and
spokesperson of the NA61/SHINE experiment at the European Organization for
Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva. The experiment performs fundamental
measurements for physics of strong interactions and reference measurements for
neutrino and cosmic-ray experiments.
He, along with Mark I. Gorenstein, predicted the threshold energy of the
quark–gluon plasma production (the so-called "onset of deconfinement") in high
energy nucleus-nucleus collisions. The quark-gluon plasma is a state of strongly
interacting matter which exists at very high temperatures and/or densities. These
predictions have been confirmed by the NA49 experiment at the CERN SPS within
the energy scan programme which was started by Gazdzicki and Peter Seyboth.
Currently Marek Gazdzicki works at Jan Kochanowski University Kielce and Goethe
University Frankfurt am Main in Europe.

Venue: ECE Seminar Hall

Time: 5 September 5:00 PM