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Philippe Piot: Peeking into subatomic depths

April 15, 2013

Philippe PiotPhilippe Piot is working toward a day when the mammoth charged particle accelerators that allow scientists to peer into subatomic depths, can be reduced to cheap table-top devices for use in science, homeland security, medicine and industry.

Piot, who holds a joint appointment between NIU and Fermilab, is an expert in advanced techniques to produce, accelerate, manipulate and diagnose electron bunches. He has contributed to work to optimize beam lines at top particle physics and basic science laboratories around the globe.

His work includes the design of a new electron source concept for the European X-ray\free-electron laser – a $1 billion facility currently under construction in Hamburg, Germany. He also contributed to the operation a high-powerfree-electron laser at Jefferson Lab, in Virginia.

Since first joining NIU in 2005, Piot has attracted more than $3 million in funding from national agencies. He has also published more than 100 technical reports and about 40 peer reviewed articles, including several in Physical Review Letters, the most prestigious journal in physics. He has also been invited to speak at more than 40 laboratories, universities and international conferences.

“Within the international beam physics community, I consider Professor Piot to be one of the brightest and most highly regarded experts,” said Massimo Ferrario of the Frascati National Laboratory of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics, in Rome, Italy.

Presently, his work includes serving as spokesman for the High-Brightness Electron Source Laboratory at Fermilab, which is operated by NIU students and leading the development of the scientific program at the Advanced Superconducting Test Accelerator at the same laboratory. He is also engaged in research into ultra-fast lasers that have application to novel acceleration or light-source concepts.