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Doing the neutron dance
The study of nature at the smallest distance scales is an on-going fascination for humans. It has also been serendipitously useful. Approximately 25% of the worlds GDP is based on applications of quantum mechanics. The world-wide web was invented to enable Experimental Particle Physicists easily share information.
Associate Professor Martin Sevior performs experiments with the world's highest intensity and energy particle accelerators in Japan and at CERN in Switzerland.
He employs these to investigate the cause of the Universal Matter-AntiMatter asymmetry (at the KEK lab in Japan) and the origin of mass at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland.
Both experiments probe conditions that last existed less than 1 billionth of a second after the Big Bang. He has published over 350 papers in refereed Journals and has supervised 12 Ph.D. students to completion in the field of experimental particle physics. He is very interested in grid and cloud computing as these technologies are vital to the timely analysis of the muti-petabyte datasets collected in these experiments.
Name: Martin Sevior
Where do you work? School of Physics, University of Melbourne
Discipline? Experimental High Energy Physics
What is your research field and how did you became interested? The study of nature at the smallest distance scales is an on-going fascination for humans. It has also been serendipitously useful. Approximately 25% of the worlds GDP is based on applications of quantum mechanics. The world-wide web was invented to enable Experimental Particle Physicists easily share information.
What are your inspirations and influences? The great Scientists who have gone before us. Isaac Newton, Michael Faraday, James Maxwell, Enrico Fermi.
What has been a research highlight? Discovery of matter-antimatter asymmetries in the neutral B-meson system. This led to the 2008 Nobel prize in Physics.
What is a highlight about being an Australian researcher? Working at the cutting edge of a highly international discipline is inherently exciting and stimulating.