Professor’s presentation kicks off American Physical Society meeting Thursday

swapan-portraitA presentation by Swapan Chattopadhyay, professor and director of accelerator research at NIU, will kick off the 2016 American Physical Society Prairie Section Meeting on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m., in the Sky Room of the Holmes Student Center.

His presentation, “Beaming Into the Heart of Matter and Life,” is open to the general public. Thursday evening’s event is sponsored by STEMfest and Sigma Xi Honor Fraternity.

Chattopadhyay is internationally known for helping break new ground in the fields of accelerator and beam physics, having made significant contributions to the development of accelerators worldwide for particle physics, nuclear physics and materials science. He has directly contributed to the development of many accelerators around the world — the Super Proton-Antiproton Synchrotron at CERN, the Advanced Light Source at Berkeley, the asymmetric-energy electron-positron collider PEP-II at Stanford, the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF) at Jefferson Lab and the Free-Electron Lasers at Jefferson and Daresbury Laboratories.

He currently holds a joint appointment between NIU and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) where he is a distinguished scientist, member of the director’s senior leadership team and director of the Cooperative Research and Development Agreement between Fermilab and NIU. He is an APS Fellow and past chair of the APS Division of Physics Beams.

The 2016 American Physical Society Prairie Section Meeting runs Oct. 6-8 on the campus of NIU. More information about the conference and registration information can be found at

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