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Dec. 6, 2001

Brookhaven Lab Physicist to Speak on “The Future of High Energy Physics” At the American Museum of Natural History, Jan. 4

UPTON, NY - Fulvia Pilat, a physicist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, will give a talk titled “The Future of High Energy Physics” at the Kaufmann Auditorium in the American Musum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street in Manhattan, on Friday, January 4, at 6:15 p.m. Sponsored by the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York, the talk is free and open to the public.

In her talk, Pilat will discuss the future plans of the high energy physics community as they have been drawn at the American Physical Society’s physics conference in Snowmass, Colorado, this summer. High energy physicists, or particle physicists, probe the properties and behavior of the most elementary particles in the universe. Pilat predicts that, in the future, particle physics and astrophysics will converge to answer fundamental questions about the universe. While particle physicists use accelerators and detectors to gather data on the smallest particles that make up matter, astrophysicists use telescopes and space missions to explore huge celestial bodies. Both disciplines, however, are important to the understanding of the evolution and structure of the universe.

Born in Trieste, Italy, Pilat received her Ph.D. in physics from the University of Trieste in 1986. She began her physics career at CERN, the European laboratory for particle physics in Geneva, Switzerland. After six years at CERN, Pilat came to the U.S. to work on the Superconducting Supercollider. She also worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory before joining Brookhaven in 1994. Pilat has helped to design and commission Brookhaven’s newest accelerator, the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, and she continues to work at the world-class facility, where she coordinates the beam experiment program. She also coordinates accelerator physics studies for the Large Hadron Collider currently under construction in Europe. Pilat is a member of the executive committee of the American Physical Society’s Division of Particle Beams.

No reservations are needed to attend the talk. The Kaufmann Auditorium can be best accessed from the museum’s 77th Street entrance. Attendees should tell the guard they will be attending the lecture. For more information on the talk, call Brookhaven Lab at 631 344-2345.

The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory conducts research in the physical, biomedical, and environmental sciences, as well as in energy technologies. Brookhaven also builds and operates major facilities available to university, industrial, and government scientists. The Laboratory is managed by Brookhaven Science Associates, a limited liability company founded by Stony Brook University and Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization.