Biography

Dr. David A. Smith - Fermi group co-leader at the Centre d’Etudes Nucleaires de Bordeaux-Gradignan (CENBG)
 
Image of David Smith David A. Smith is the Fermi group co-leader at the Centre d’Etudes Nucleaires (Center of Nuclear Studies) de Bordeaux-Gradignan (CENBG), France. He's the spokesman for Fermi for the French National Institute for Particle Physics and Nuclear Physics (IN2P3) of the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), and is the co-lead of the "Galactic Sources" Science Working Group within the LAT collaboration. His primary research interest is the study of pulsars through gamma rays.

Smith grew up in Berkeley, California, except for spending 1960 in Geneva, Switzerland and 1971 in Strasbourg, France. He has a B.A. in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley. He received his PhD degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1988 for work on the CDF experiment at the Fermilab proton-antiproton collider that lead to the discovery of the Top quark. He was then a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) in Pisa, Italy for six years. David Smith began work in gamma-ray astrophysics in 1991, developing innovative telescopes to exploit atmospheric Cherenkov light. He worked on experiments on the island of La Palma in the Canaries, and at a reconverted solar facility in the French Pyrenees. He has been a permanent IN2P3 staff member in Bordeaux since 1995.

The aim of David Smith’s investigations is to see whether the energy of a spinning neutron star is the power source underlying the acceleration of high energy cosmic rays in pulsar wind nebulae.

For additional information on Smith’s activities and those of the French Fermi groups, visit http://glast.in2p3.fr