News Archive: 2019

portrait of Ben Ofori-Okai standing outside next to accelerator housing

A day in the life of an extreme matter scientist

Ben Ofori-Okai learned the difference between an MD and a PhD at a younger age than most when someone introduced his father, a chemist, as “Dr. Ofori-Okai.”

“I was only 4 years old, but I remember thinking, ‘My dad’s not a doctor. He doesn’t treat people,’” Ofori-Okai says. “That’s when I learned that there was a different kind of doctor: a scientist.”


What powers cosmic accelerators?

Researchers from the High Energy Density Science division at SLAC have unveiled a new mechanism that could power the acceleration of the most energetic particles in the universe in the jets of supermassive black holes.