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Nuclei & Particles

Nuclei & Particles

This “event display” is a snapshot of a very high energy nuclear collision that produces large numbers of outgoing subatomic particles, represented by the straight line “tracks” emanating from the center. (Courtesy of the PHENIX Experiment at Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider)

Using the Edwards Accelerator and National Labs

At the scale of nuclei, about 10,000 times smaller than atoms, we encounter the strong force that holds together protons and neutrons in the nucleus and also holds together quarks inside the proton and neutron. The strong force is about 100 times bigger than the electric forces that bind electrons to atoms, and so it requires powerful accelerators to study it.

The Edwards Accelerator Lab, located on campus at Ohio University, and national accelerator laboratories are used by faculty and students to study the properties of both the strong and the weak nuclear forces. Whether trying to discover new types of particles or learning what goes on inside supernova explosions, the goal of this research is to learn about the fundamental forces that bind nuclei and particles.

Faculty

Dr. Carl Brune: Experimental Nuclear Astrophysics and Weakly-bound States of Nuclei

Dr. Heather Crawford:Low-energy Nuclear Structure of Exotic Nuclei, Gamma-ray Spectroscopy and Gamma-ray Detection Arrays

Dr. Charlotte Elster: Few-Nucleon Systems, Effective Field Theories and Computational Physics

Dr. Justin Frantz: Experimental Relativistic Heavy Ion Physics and Photon-Jet Correlations

Dr. Steven Grimes: Experimental Nuclear Physics and Level Densities of Nuclei

Dr. Kenneth Hicks: Experimental Particle Physics and Exotic Hadron Formation

Dr. Paul King: Experimental Particle Physics and Parity Violation in Electron Scattering

Dr. Thomas Massey: Experimental Nuclear Physics and Nuclear Structure

Dr. Daniel Phillips: Theoretical Nuclear Physics and Chiral Effective Field Theory

Dr. Madappa Prakash: Theoretical Nuclear Physics and Structure of Neutron Stars

Dr. Julie Roche: Experimental Particle Physics and Parity Violation in Electron Scattering

Dr. Alexander Voinov: Experimental Nuclear Physics and Nuclear Structure

Associated Faculty and Staff

Dr. Gabriela Popa (Zanesville campus): Theoretical Nuclear Physics

External Links

Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics (INPP)

American Physical Society—Division of Nuclear Physics

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