Professor Aidala holds both a 2015 Sloan Research Fellowship and a 2015 NSF CAREER Award. She currently carries out her research as part of two relatively large, international collaborations, working experiments at Fermilab as well as the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Lab.
Ph.D., Columbia University, 2005
Professor Aidala works in experimental high-energy nuclear physics, on the border between nuclear and particle physics. Her research is focused on nucleon structure and quantum chromodynamics (QCD), the theory of the strong force. She’s particularly interested in spin-momentum correlations inside the proton loosely analogous to the quantum electrodynamical spin-orbit and spin-spin couplings in the hydrogen atom.
The Spin Structure of the Nucleon, (C.A. Aidala, S.D. Bass, D. Hasch, and G.K. Mallot), Rev. Mod. Phys. 85, 655 (2013).
Cross Sections and Double-Spin Asymmetries of Midrapidity Inclusive Charged Hadron Production in p+p collisions at 62.4 GeV, (A. Adare et al., PHENIX Collaboration), Phys. Rev. D86, 092006 (2013).
Global Analysis of Fragmentation Functions for Eta Mesons, (C.A. Aidala, F. Ellinghaus, R. Sassot, J.P. Seele, and M. Stratmann), Phys. Rev. D83, 034002 (2011).
Measurement of Neutral Mesons in p+p collisions at 200 GeV and Scaling Properties of Hadron Production, (A. Adare et al., PHENIX Collaboration), Phys. Rev. D83, 052004 (2011).
Cross Section and Double Helicity Asymmetry for Eta Mesons and Their Comparison to Neutral Pion Production in Proton-Proton Collisions at 200 GeV, (A. Adare et al., PHENIX Collaboration),Phys. Rev. D83, 032001 (2011).