Nuclear physics research

The Department of Physics and Astronomy hosts a large group of experimental nuclear physicists and a group of theoretical nuclear physics. The members of the experimental nuclear physics group areĀ involved in research at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, Brookhaven National Laboratory, NY, and at the Large Hadron Collider, CERN, Switzerland.

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Nuclear physics describes how the sun generates the energy we need for life on earth, how all the atoms in your body were made in stars and what happens in stars when they die. Nuclear physics research tries to answer the fundamental questions: Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?