Brookhaven Lab to Host Particle Accelerator Conference in NYC

EVENT: More than 850 scientists, engineers, students, and industry representatives will convene in New York City at the end of March for the 2011 Particle Accelerator Conference (PAC’11). The conference is hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, located in Long Island, NY. Brookhaven operates two premier particle accelerators — the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) and the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) — and is building what will be the world’s most advanced light source, NSLS-II. At these facilities and other accelerators around the globe, scientists explore everything from mysteries of the early universe to clean and efficient fuels to new drugs. PAC’11 will showcase the technologies that keep these machines running.

WHEN: Monday, March 28 to Friday, April 1, 2011.

WHERE: New York Marriott Marquis Hotel, 1535 Broadway, New York, NY

BACKGROUND: PAC’11 will feature nearly 150 talks, more than 1,000 posters, and tutorials covering a wide range of topics in accelerator physics and engineering. In addition, three plenary speeches will highlight the role of accelerators in a variety of groundbreaking scientific discoveries:

  • “Understanding Elementary Particle Physics with High-Energy Colliders,” by University of Florida physicist Jacobo Konigsberg. From the discovery of the top quark at Fermilab’s Tevatron to the ongoing search for the Higgs boson — the particle thought to give all things mass — Konigsberg will illustrate the importance of particle colliders to science and society.
  • “Understanding Nuclear Physics with Accelerators,” by Stony Brook University physicist Abhay Deshpande. Deshpande will discuss how accelerators like RHIC are exploring the mysteries of proton spin and an extremely hot state of matter called quark-gluon plasma that existed microseconds after the Big Bang.
  • “Science with Light and Neutron Sources,” by University of California, San Diego physicist Sunil Sinha, who will explain how beams of neutrons and x-ray, infrared, and ultraviolet light are used to probe everything from proteins to magnetic storage materials.

PAC’11 is cosponsored by the American Physical Society (APS) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).

In order to attend, reporters must RSVP to Kendra Snyder, 631-344-8191, or Peter Genzer, 631-344-3174 by Thursday, March 24. For a schedule of events, go to

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