Gerald C. Blazey

Professor of Experimental Particle Physics

Gerald BlazeyCoordinates:

  • MWF @ NIU Office: 230 Faraday West, Telephone: (815) 753-6480, Email:
  • TTh @ Fermilab Office: Outback, MS 357, Telephone Number: (630) 840-2342, Email:



  • B.S. in Physics, B.S. in Mathematics, South Dakota State University (1980)
  • Ph.D. in Experimental High Energy Physics, University of Minnesota (1986)


  • Research Associate (1986-1990) and Senior Resident Associate, University of Rochester (1990-1994)
  • Associate Scientist, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (l994-1996)
  • Associate Professor, NIU (1996-1999)
  • Professor, NIU (1999 - Present)
  • Director, Northern Illinois Center for Accelerator and Detector Development (NICADD at (2001-Present)
  • DZero Spokesperson (2002-2006)
  • NIU Presidential Science Advisor (2006-Present)

Research Interests:

Much of my recent research has been as a member of the 650 physicist, international DZero collaboration.  DZero is a general purpose particle detector that supports a broad scientific program.  The experiment's highly successful inaugural run occurred between 1992 and 1996.  Notable achievements from Run I were the discovery of the top quark, precise studies of the strong and electroweak interactions, and investigations of new phenomena.  My Run I studies focused on quantum chromo-dynamics and the study of jet production. After an extensive upgrade, the DZero experiment resumed running in 2001 and will continue running until the 2009.  Leading Run II goals are discovery of the Higgs particle, study of the electroweak sector and QCD, and continued searches for new phenomena. In Run II, my research has focused on searches for new phenomena

I’m also Director of the Northern Illinois Center for Accelerator and Detector Development (NICADD). NICADD is dedicated to the research and development of new particle accelerator and detector technologies. NICADD staff and collaborate on a number of research projects including beam physics and novel calorimetry for the International Linear Collider. My personal efforts within NICADD deal with particle detection for the International Linear Collider Detector. We are concentrating on R&D associated with Particle Flow Algorithms and scintillator/silicon photomultiplier calorimetery.

Last update September, 2006