Christine Aidala

Photo by Robert Elmouchi.

I do research at the boundary of nuclear and particle physics, studying nucleon structure, hadronization, and color flow in QCD at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory and the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. At RHIC I have been on the PHENIX experiment since 2001 and part of the sPHENIX Collaboration since it was formed in 2015. I joined the LHCb experiment at CERN in 2017. Previously my group was involved in the E906/SeaQuest experiment, which was a fixed-target quark-antiquark annihilation (Drell-Yan) experiment at the Fermilab Main Injector.

I am additionally working toward the realization of the future Electron-Ion Collider as the next-generation facility for the study of QCD.

I also co-lead a project on the foundations of physics, Assumptions of Physics, deriving the mathematical frameworks of known physics from basic physical assumptions. More information is available on the project website.

In 2013 an essay I wrote about my career path was published in "Blazing the Trail: Essays by Leading Women in Science."

In undergraduate I was a double major in music and physics. In between leaving my original graduate program in physics and later returning to the field, I taught English and music in Milan, Italy. Here's a track from a benefit album for the charity Save the Children that I recorded with New English Teaching during that time.