Austin Baty received his B.S. in Physics and Mathematics from Texas A&M University in 2013 and his Ph.D. in Physics from MIT in 2019. He is a member of an international collaboration of over 2000 physicists that operates the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva, Switzerland.
Austin is working with Prof. Wei Li in Rice’s Bonner Nuclear Laboratory. Their research focuses on elucidating the properties of the hottest man-made form of matter in the universe: the quark-gluon plasma. This form matter is created for a brief instant when atomic nuclei having extreme energies are collided together at the LHC, and it quickly decays into thousands of subatomic particles that are detected by CMS. By studying the spatial and energy distributions of these particles, Austin tries to learn about the underlying laws of physics that govern the evolution of the quark-gluon plasma and, more generally, strongly-interacting systems. With the flexibility afforded by his position in the Rice Academy, Austin is experimenting with novel pattern-recognition and machine-learning computational techniques to help analyze the thousands of terabytes of data produced at the LHC every year.
In his spare time, Austin enjoys reading fiction and playing the cello.