Meet Steven Nahn, PhD

Steven Nahn, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Nahn presented a SftPublic lecture Front Row Seat at the Big Bang in January, 2011, in which he discussed the research at the CERN Large Hadron Collider. He returned in September 2012 with an Update from the Large Hadron Collider: The Higgs?. He gave a wonderful description of the decades-long pursuit of the Higgs boson, the elusive particle that is associated with (some of) the mass for atom-based matter. And he explained clearly what the Higgs is and what it isn't.

Dr. Nahn moved from MIT to Fermilab, where he is a senior scientist and the U.S. project manager for the CMS detector upgrades at the CERN supercollider. In 2021, he appeared again on Contemporary Science , along with James Mott (Boston University) to discuss the exciting news about the first run at Fermilab of the Muon g-2 experiment.

Dr. Nahn received his PhD from MIT, where he worked on the L3 experiment at CERN. For several years prior to returning to MIT, he oversaw the data acquisition and operation of the world's largest operating silicon detector while studying the properties of the bottom quark as a member of the CDF Collaboration as a Research Scientist at Yale University. In this brief bio, Dr. Nahn explains his work and how he got into particle physics, and also the great prospects for this field in the present era.