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ABOUT OUR RESEARCH

Our Relativistic Heavy-Ion Physics (RHIP) group conducts experimental research using the STAR (Solenoidal Tracker At RHIC) detector at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York. RHIC provides colliding beams of Au nuclei, each with the kinetic energy of 100 GeV/nucleon so that the total center-of-momentum kinetic energy is 40 TeV! A new generation of exciting and fundamental experiments are underway at RHIC.

Significant components of the STAR physics program include a search for: (1) a color-deconfined state of matter, (2) evidence of chiral symmetry restoration, and (3) the study of matter as it may have existed during the early moments of the Universe. The program is very interdisciplinary and spans cosmology, astrophysics, particle physics, nuclear physics, relativity, computer science, and mathematical physics. To learn more about STAR and RHIC go to http://www.rhip.utexas.edu.

 

FACULTY

Current Core Physics Faculty

  • Christina Markert, Ph.D., Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität, 2001.

    Professor of Physics | Physics Library Liaison.

    Nuclear physics; relativistic heavy-ion physics; the quark-gluon plasma (QGP) phase.

  • William R. Coker, Ph.D., University of Georgia, 1966.

    Professor of Physics.

    Theoretical nuclear physics, with emphasis on scattering and reactions of hadrons and nuclei at medium energies.

 

Professors in Other Departments

Emeritus and Retired Physics Faculty

  • C.F. Moore, Ph.D., Florida State University, 1964.

    Professor Emeritus of Physics

    Detection and measurement of the interactions and involvement of the nuclear continuum in scattering experiments; atomic interactions in highly ionized atoms.

  • Peter J. Riley, Ph.D., University of Alberta, 1962.

    Professor Emeritus of Physics

    Experimental studies of the nucleon-nucleon interaction at medium energy; actions in decaying plasmas; environmental effects on spectra.

  • Takeshi Udagawa, Ph.D., Tokyo University of Education, 1962.

    Professor Emeritus of Physics

    Theoretical nuclear physics.

 

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