Pavel Rehak (left) and Graham Smith, physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, display plaques they received from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., honoring them for their contributions to particle physics research. Dr. Rehak and Dr. Smith design advanced detectors used for a wide range of scientific experiments. In particle physics experiments, detectors provide information on the positions of particles emerging from collisions in accelerators.
Dr. Rehak holds a silicon drift detector he invented with Emilio Gatti from the Polytechnical University of Milan; it is used in physics experiments at CERN, an accelerator laboratory in Switzerland. Dr. Smith displays an x-ray detector he designed for synchrotrons, facilities that use x-rays, infrared light and ultraviolet light to study materials as diverse as computer chips and biological samples.
Pavel Rehak holds two Ph.D.s in physics: one from Charles University in Czechoslovakia, and the other from the Scuola Normale Superiore in Italy. After working at research institutions in Europe, he joined Brookhaven Lab in 1976. Graham Smith earned a Ph.D. in physics from Durham University, England. He joined Leicester University in 1974 and came to Brookhaven in 1982.
NOTE TO LOCAL EDITORS:
Pavel Rehak resides in Setauket, NY, and Graham Smith resides in Port Jefferson, NY.