Particles, Astrophysics and Nuclear Physics

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Welcome to the Particles, Astrophysics and Nuclear Physics Group, where research covers many areas of current focus in the PAN community. They can be broadly grouped into:

Particle Physics and Quantum Field Theory (Bezrukov, Blum, Dunne, Islam, Kovner, Mallett, Mannheim, P. Schweitzer):

  • Quantum Field Theory: Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD); QCD vacuum structure and confinement/deconfinement mechanism; Lattice QCD; Effective field theory and chiral models; Nonperturbative methods; Strongly interacting field theories; Mathematical aspects of quantum field theory; Gauge theory.
  • Particle Physics: Quark-gluon plasma phase transition of QCD at high temperature; Neutrinos; Low-x physics; Hadronic scattering at high energy at the LHC; Heavy ion collisions; CP-violation; Anomalous magnetic moment of the muon (g-2); rare meson decays; form factors, parton distributions and generalized parton distributions of the nucleon.
  • Astro-Particle Physics: Inflationary cosmology; Dark Matter; Neutrino physics; Brane gravity; Conformal gravity; General relativity and gravitation; Black holes; Relativistic astrophysics; Quantum cosmology; The nature of time.

Nuclear and Hadronic Physics (Jones, Joo, Puckett, Rawitscher, J. Schweitzer, P. Schweitzer, Wuosmaa):

  • Research in nuclear physics at the University of Connecticut seeks both to understand the nucleus as a strong-interacting many-body system and to use the nucleus as a “laboratory” for the study of fundamental interactions.
  • We carry out extensive research in nuclear astrophysics, electroweak interactions in hadrons and nuclei, the structure of the nucleon and mesons, as well as applications of nuclear physics to nuclear medicine, forensic studies and the development of