Antonis Papanestis

Wednesday, January 15 2020 at 7:30PM

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Fargo Village,
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Antonis Papanestis

What's the talk about?

 The Large Hadron Collider has been in operation for 10 years having produced thousands of scientific papers. What have we learned and what is the current understanding of the laws of physics? The talk will give a brief introduction on the concepts of particle physics and quantum mechanics, a brief history of the field and the latest research at the Large Hadron Collider with some results from the LHCb experiment. 


Antonis Papanestis is an applied physicist with over 20 years of experience in detector development, detector control systems, and managing complex projects with multimillion budgets. Most recently he has been managing the UK part of the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) detector project at Fermilab and contributing to the Upgrade of the LHCb experiment at the Large Hadron Collider.

Dr Papanestis joined RAL in 2000 as part of the LHCb group. His early contributions to the reconstruction software were followed by the development of the Detector Control System for the Cherenkov detectors. He was the Project Leader of the LHCb Ring Imaging Cherenkov (RICH) sub-system for 6 years where he was in charge of managing both operations and maintenance activities.

Before joining RAL, Antonis acquired a Ph.D. at University College London on medical applications for particle physics detectors. With expertise in both particle and medical physics he received a Marie Currie Fellowship to join the Pisa branch of the Italian Nuclear Physics Institute (INFN) where he made contributions to the CMS experiment and novel gas micro-pattern detectors. Antonis comes from Greece, where he did his MSc in Physics at the University of Ioannina and also served in the Greek Army for 18 months as communications specialist.

When not working Antonis likes reading science fiction (or following UK politics, not a big difference) and riding roller coasters with his teenage sons. He enjoys public speaking on the latest developments in physics and promoting the achievements of scientists working at CERN.


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