Whether discussing new discoveries in the world of physics or exploring the science behind the game of baseball, NIU physicist Jahred Adelman is an adroit source able to explain complex science to the layman. Adelman is an integral member of NIU’s team involved with the ATLAS experiment at the CERN laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland. He can talk as knowledgably about particle physics and the world’s most powerful accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider, as he can fastballs, curveballs and the science behind what makes pitchers such as Jake Arrieta stand out. Adelman’s academic credentials include a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He has been a member of the Huskie team since 2014, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses.
Adelman completed his graduate thesis research just down the road from NIU at Fermilab’s Tevatron. He then moved into a postdoctoral research position with Yale University, working on the ATLAS experiment at CERN. The lab’s Large Hadron Collider provides scientists from around the world with the opportunity to study the highest-energy particle collisions ever achieved. By examining the collisions—hundreds of millions of them every second—scientists are able to explore new realms of physics and gain extraordinary insights into the nature of the physical universe.
Elementary particle physics; the Large Hadron Collider (LHC); Higgs boson physics; top quark physics; hardware-based track triggers