Department of Physics, Purdue University, 525 Northwestern Avenue, West Lafayette, IN 47907
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|TEACHING||CURRENT TEACHING: PHYS 172 - Modern Mechanics (Chabay & Sherwood, Matter & Interactions)|
Courses taught: PHYS 152/172,172H/272H (Modern Mechanics, E&M - Chabay & Sherwood, Matter & Interactions), PHYS 344-Honors (Tipler & Llewellyn, Modern Physics) PHYS 342L (Modern Physics Lab), PHYS 410-Honors (Marion & Thornton, Classical Dynamics), PHYS 556 (Krane, Introductory Nuclear Physics)
|RESEARCH||LIST OF PUBLICATIONS STAR-internal|
My research involves studies of high energy heavy-ion collisions. The objective of these studies is to search for the quark-gluon plasma, a deconfined state of quarks and gluons (the basic building blocks of matter). The phase transition from ordinary hadronic matter to the quark-gluon plasma is predicted by Quantum Chromodynamics to occur at a temperature of about 170 MeV (1012 oK). The early universe is believed to be in the quark-gluon plasma state during a brief period of time after the Big Bang. The quark-gluon plasma may exist in the core of neutron stars. Discovering and studying the quark-gluon plasma will further our understanding of Quantum Chromodynamics and our knowledge about Nature.
My research activities are associated with the Experimental High Energy Nuclear Physics Group in the Physics Department of Purdue University. The focus of our group is on the STAR experiment at the Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collider at Brookhaven National Laboratory. We have taken data with proton-proton, deuteron-gold, copper-copper, and gold-gold collisions at center-of-mass energies of 20, 62, 130, and 200 GeV per nucleon-nucleon pair. Our group assumes many responsibilities in the STAR experiment. I have a wide span of physics interests with primary focus on high transverse momentum and jet physics.
RHIC discovery of the "Perfect Fluid": BNL Press Release,
Nucl. Phys. A 757 (2005) 102-183.
Characterization of freeze-out properties of heavy-ion collisions: Phys. Rev. Lett. 87 (2001) 262302-1-6, Phys. Rev. Lett. 92 (2004) 112301-1-6, Phys. Lett. B 595 (2004) 143-150, Phys. Rev. C 79 (2009) 034909-1-58.
Jet-medium interactions and conical emission of correlated particles: J. Phys. G: Nucl. Part. Phys. 30 (2004) S1299-1303, Phys. Rev. Lett. 95 (2005) 152301-1-6, Nucl. Phys. A783 (2007) 511-514, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102 (2009) 052302-1-7, Phys. Rev. Lett. 105 (2010) 022301-1-7, Phys. Rev. C 82 (2010) 024912-1-14.