Experimental Nuclear and Particle Physics

The Department of Physics has an active and widely recognized program in Nuclear and Particle Physics. The majority of our present experimental programs is focused at Jefferson Laboratory in Newport News, Virginia, which is an international center for nuclear physics research. In addition, we are engaged in a program of fundamental physics at Fermi Lab.

At Jefferson Lab, we are embarking on an ambitious experimental program that will search for the "heavy photon", a partner to the photon and a dark matter candidate. The heavy photon search (HPS) experiment will use an uncommonly small, almost table top, detector at the intensity frontier in particle physics.

We also lead a program at Jefferson Lab for studying the structure of the nucleon through spin-dependent observables.  As part of this effort, we are analyzing the data from the recently completed g2p experiment, which should shed light on the so called `Proton Radius Puzzle'.  Our group is is also at the forefront of an exciting new effort to measure Tensor Spin Observables using a novel tensor polarized target.

The group has a very active laboratory on campus for creating and studying polarized targets. A very current and active developement in this lab is to create a tensor polarized deuterium target, which will give acess to study deuterium in new ways.

Read more about the Nuclear and Particle Physics Group. 


Professors: Maurik Holtrop, Elena Long, Karl Slifer