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17 March 2011 http://www.interactions.org
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Source: Brookhaven National Laboratory
Content: Media Advisory
Date Issued: 17 March 2011
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The following media advisory is being distributed by the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory. In order to attend this conference, reporters must RSVP to Kendra Snyder, ksnyder@bnl.gov, 631-344-8191, or Peter Genzer, genzer@bnl.gov, 631-344-3174 by Thursday, March 24.

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).

For a schedule of events, go to http://www.bnl.gov/pac11/.

RSVP by Thursday, March 24 to: Kendra Snyder, ksnyder@bnl.gov, 631-344-8191, or Peter Genzer, genzer@bnl.gov, 631-344-3174 by Thursday, March 24.

An electronic version of this release is available at: http://www.bnl.gov/bnlweb/pubaf/pr/PR_display.asp?prID=1253.

One of ten national laboratories overseen and primarily funded by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Brookhaven National Laboratory conducts research in the physical, biomedical, and environmental sciences, as well as in energy technologies and national security. Brookhaven Lab also builds and operates major scientific facilities available to university, industry, and government researchers. Brookhaven is operated and managed for DOE's Office of Science by Brookhaven Science Associates, a limited-liability company founded by the Research Foundation of the State University of New York, for and on behalf of Stony Brook University, the largest academic user of Laboratory facilities; and Battelle Memorial Institute, a nonprofit, applied science and technology organization. Visit Brookhaven Lab's electronic newsroom for links, news archives, graphics, and more (http://www.bnl.gov/newsroom) or follow Brookhaven Lab on Twitter (http://twitter.com/BrookhavenLab).

Contact:

Brookhaven National Laboratory
Media & Communications Office
Bldg. 400 - P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973
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Phone: (631)344-8191
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