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Science Talks - 25/11/2022

Hisar welcomed Prof. Dr. Bilge Demirköz for an afterschool event titled “Science Talks.” Prof Demirköz is a professor of High Energy Physics at ODTÜ University and a researcher at the CERN supercollider. Around 50 students gathered at the Nautilus to attend her presentation on particle collisions and high-energy physics. A question & answer session was held after the presentations where students gained a deeper scope of the subject.


Prof Demirköz graduated from Robert College in 1997 and to take part in research during her undergraduate degree, moved to Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Music from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2001 along with winning the Joel Matthew Award for outstanding service to the physics department. Building on her thesis “ Studies of Transition Radiation Detectors for AMS-02”, she was a member of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-02) collaboration from 2001 to 2004. She was a Science and Technology Facilities Council(STFC) Dorothy Hodgkin Scholar at the University of Oxford from 2004 to 2007, where she completed her postgraduate studies, and was a member of Balliol College.


During her talk, Prof Demirköz introduced the concept of particle collisions and touched on some of Einstein’s equations to support her lecture on high-energy physics. She explained the experimental procedure and tools at CERN utilized to collide particles and the measurement of results, such as the trigger system and the ATLAS detector. Furthermore, Prof Demirköz elaborated on how the CERN functions as an institution and interacts with research facilities all around the world in the transaction of the derived particles. She discussed CERN’s values and aims in operation, as well as its connection to international governments. Throughout the middle of her lecture, Prof Demirköz dove deeper into her studies in the AMS(Alpha Magnetic Spectrophotometry.) She introduced cosmic rays, and the Higgs boson, and walked through the process of calculations with Muons. She related these calculations to the proof of Einstein’s theory of relativity.


Prof Demirköz went on to give insight into her work at ODTÜ University in collaboration with CERN. She began this part of the lecture by discussing the functioning mechanisms behind modern-day satellites. She talked about the multi-platform algorithm of EGL (Explorer of Grid Load) in the context of current technologies surrounding satellite images and GPS. Prof Demirköz concluded her lecture with a brief discussion of dark matter/anti-matter alongside the journey of black holes and supernovas.


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