Argonne physicist Kawtar Hafidi named winner of the 2011 Innovator Award winner by the Chicago chapter of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS)

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    Kawtar Hafidi is an experimental nuclear physicist, working in the medium energy physics group at Argonne. Her work focuses on how quarks are formed, how they combine and how they interact to better understand the structure and interactions of protons and neutrons, the basic building blocks of everyday matter.

    She and her colleagues have discovered new evidence of color transparency, a phenomena in which a hadron – a bound state of quarks such as a proton or neutron – forms an exotic, very short-lived state that is invisible to other matter.

    Image courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory

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