Pablo Fernández Martínez
Particle physics (Radiation interactions and particle detection)
I am an experimental physicist, which means that I spend most of my time in the lab fiddling with measurement gadgets. My area of expertise is the design, fabrication and testing of particle detectors, some sort of photo-cameras, but able to catch other kind of particles (such as electrons, protons, etc.). I am also an expert on radiation studies. I have studied for years how to make my detectors and electronics resistant to the very high levels of radiation in which they have to work.
Spanish or English
Life at CERN: why I will not create a super-massive black hole able to destroy the universe.
CERN is the European Laboratory of Particle Physics. It is an amazing place to work, even if you are not a physicist. In my talk, I want to share my experience as a not-extraordinary-talented, but highly-motivated guy, working at the biggest machine ever built: the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). I want to explain some basics of particle physics, how we try to “see” particles, and why these experiments are so interesting. In addition, I will try to give a global picture of CERN, which has many other relevant experiments, out of the famous LHC, such as ISOLDE or the intriguing “Antimatter Factory”. However, the most important message will be that this kind of gigantic international experiments are exciting places to work, full of motivating inputs. I will talk about the day-to-day life of an average “cernois” and how your life change forever, once you get involved with CERN.
I studied Physics at the university and then I got a PhD in Electronic Engineering. I have been working with particle detectors and radiation effects most of my career, and most of the time I did it in close relationship with CERN: I have been a CERN user since 2011, and I had the chance to work in-site as a Senior Fellow for almost 4 years. Now, I am a post-doc at IFAE, were I mostly work for the renovation of the CERN’s ATLAS experiment. An exciting adventure, which will take us busy until 2026 and more.
Program: Beatriu de Pinós
Institution: Institut de Fisica d'Altes Energies (IFAE)