Sarah Demers Konezny
Sarah Demers is an Assistant Professor of Physics at Yale University. She is a particle physicist whose current research takes advantage of the highest energy hadron collider in the world, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) housed in the Geneva, Switzerland area. The LHC accelerates protons around a 27-kilometer ring that is buried 100 meters underground and collides them at very high energies in the center of detectors placed around the ring. The LHC allows for the study of the conditions of the early universe and the creation of heavy, short-lived particles that have not been in abundance in the universe since moments after the big bang. Professor Demers is particularly interested in the search for new physics that will push forward our understanding of matter and mass and the relationship between the fundamental forces of nature. She is co-teaching the course, “The Physics of Dance” with World Performance Project Artistic Director and Yale Lecturer Emily Coates in the fall of 2011.