Havener joins Yale Physics faculty

May 23, 2023

Wright Lab welcomes Laura Havener, currently an associate research scientist in the Wright Lab Relativistic Heavy Ion Group (RHIG), to the Yale Physics faculty as an assistant professor, beginning on July 1, 2023.  

Havener’s research in high energy nuclear physics focuses on experimentally studying quantum chromodynamics (QCD) using high-energy particle colliders. Specifically, she is interested in understanding the properties and dynamics of the deconfined state of QCD matter called the quark-gluon plasma (QGP), produced in heavy-ion collisions. As a member of the ALICE collaboration at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), she studies high-energy particles known as jets and how they interact with the QGP. She specializes in using jet substructure techniques to explore the complex structure of jets, revealing the intricate nature of the QGP.

Havener is originally from High Point, North Carolina and received her bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She obtained a Ph.D. in physics from Columbia University in 2018 before coming to Yale as a RHIG postdoctoral associate.

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