Arie Bodek

Arie Bodek

  • George E. Pake Professor of Physics
  • Professor of Physics and Astronomy

PhD in Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1972

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Professor Bodek received his BS in Physics (1968) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his PhD in Physics (1972) also from MIT. He was a postdoctoral associate at MIT (1972-74) and a Robert E. Millikan Fellow at Caltech (1974-77). Professor Bodek joined the University as an Assistant Professor of Physics in 1977. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1980 and to Professor in 1987. Professor Bodek was appointed as an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow (1979-81); NSF-JSPS Fellow, KEK, Japan (1986); and Fellow of the American Physical Society (1985). He served as a project director at the Department of Energy (1990-91), was Associate Chair (1995-98) and then Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy (1998-2007) and served on the editorial board of the European Physics Journal C. Professor Bodek was awarded the 2004 APS W.KH. Panofsky Prize in Experimental Particle Physics "for his broad, sustained, and insightful contributions to elucidating the structure of the nucleon, using a wide variety of probes, tools, and methods at many laboratories." In 2004, Professor Bodek received the University of Rochester Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching. His doctoral thesis provided some of the evidence of the quark's existence that was the basis for the 1990 Nobel Prize in Physics. In 1998  Professor Bodek shared the  Goergen Award for Distinguished Contribution to Undergrad Learning in 1998. In 2013 he shared the  European Physical Society High Energy and Particle Physics Prize “for the discovery of the Higgs Boson” In 2019 he shared the  European Physical Society High Energy and Particle Physics Prize “for the discovery of the top quark and the detailed measurement of its properties. 

Research Overview

Professor Bodek's research interest is in the field of Experimental High Energy Physics. For his PhD, he worked under professors Henry Kendall and Jerome Friedman on the MIT-SLAC deep inelastic electron scattering experiments that provided evidence for the quark structure of matter; the 1990 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Friedman, Kendall, and Taylor for these experiments.

Professor Bodek's research interests are in the physics of W's, Z's, Dileptons at hadron colliders (CDFCMS) at Fermilab and at the Large Hadron Collider; neutrino physics and neutrino oscillations (CCFR/NuTeVMINERVA at Fermilab); deep inelastic scattering and nucleon structure (JUPITER at Jefferson Lab).  In the area of instrumentation, Professor Bodek's research is in the area of scintillating tiles electromagentic and  hadron calorimeters.

Professor Bodek's research group is  involved in the CDFCMS, and MINERVA) experiments. He is also the co-spokesperson of the Jefferson Lab JUPITER program (experiment E04-001). In CDF, his group has built the CDF plug upgrade hadron calorimeter. For CMS his group has constructed the HCAL hadron calorimeter. Both calorimeters were constructed using tile-fiber technology.  Currently,  he research  is focused on  precision measurement of the electroweak mixing angle at  CMS), and in the measurements and modeling of neutrino and electron scattering cross sections on nucleons and nuclear targets.

For a INSPIRES up-to-date summary of of Bodek's publications click here here.

The following are links to articles on Professor Bodek's research: (a)  Gluon Spin (Fermilab Today 11-05-26) (b) Quark Speed (Fermilab Today 10-7-15) (c) Getting a charge from asymmetry (Fermilab Today 07-10-11). (d) 2004 Panofsky Prize Awarded to Fermilab User Arie Bodek(Fermilab Today 03-10-01)

Research Interests

  • experimental elementary-particle physics

Selected Publications

Journal Articles