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December 20, 2005
DeKalb, Ill. — Gerald Blazey, a distinguished research professor in the Department of Physics at Northern Illinois University, has been named a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) in recognition for his leadership role in groundbreaking research at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia.
The distinction is awarded each year to no more than one-half of 1 percent of APS members.
Blazey is a resident of Kaneville. Since 2002, he has served as co-spokesperson of Fermilab’s DZero project, which brings together the expertise of more than 675 researchers from nearly 40 U.S. universities and 40 foreign institutions.
DZero is one of two proton/antiproton particle collider experiments at Fermilab, where scientists are exploring the subatomic universe using the world’s most powerful particle accelerator, known as the Tevatron. The Tevatron effectively uses electric power with almost 1 trillion volts to hurl protons and antiprotons toward each other at nearly the speed of light in a four-mile underground ring. Scientists study the particle collisions for traces of matter that have never before been documented.
The APS cited Blazey "for leadership of the DZero experiment and the study of jet production at the Tevatron." Particle collisions produce jets—the manifestations of fundamental quarks, antiquarks and gluons (the particles that make up protons, antiprotons and neutrons).
"The systematic and complete study of jets at DZero was only possible because a great number of people worked together for many years," Blazey said. "I would like to thank all of my collaborators at DZero and Fermilab for the opportunities to participate in the studies and the entire Tevatron program."
In addition to his work at Fermilab, Blazey serves as co-director of the Northern Illinois Center for Accelerator and Detector Development (NICADD). The NIU center is dedicated to the development of a new generation of particle accelerators and detectors.