The Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics was established at Ohio University in 1991 to bring coherence to several successful but diverse nuclear and particle physics activities taking place within the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and to coordinate activities of both theoretical and experimental subatomic physics.
The Institute is a perfect vehicle for promoting and supporting research in theoretical and experimental subatomic physics, pro-actively educationg graduate and undergraduate students in these fields of study, sponsoring joint seminars, hosting visiting scientists, and providing matching funds for new initiatives undertaken with federal agencies and national laboratories.
More information about our activies is available in our 5-year reports:
Theoretical and experimental nuclear and particle physics.
Nuclear and Particle Theory
Theoretical research at Ohio University, conducted under the auspices of Institute
of Nuclear and Particle Physics (INPP), contributes in important ways to provide answers
to several "milestones" indentified in the 2007 Nuclear Physics Long-Range Plan, namely
(a) "What are the phases of strongly interacting matter, and what roles do they play in
the cosmos?", (b) "What does Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) predict for the properties of
strongly interaction matter?", (c) "What is the nature of the nuclear force that binds
protons and neutrons into stable nuclei and rare isotopes?", (d) "What is the nature of
neutron stars and dense nuclear matter?". In addition, the INPP enjoys a healthy collaboration
with the Astrophysical Institute (API) so that significant leaps can be taken in unravelling the
connections between microphysics and macrophysics.
Experimental nuclear physics covers a broad range of topics: low-energy experiments
for nuclear astrophysics, nuclear structure, and applications; medium-energy
experiments to study the structure of the nucleon and quark dynamics of
bound states; and experiments with relativistic heavy ions to study nuclear
matter under extreme conditions. The experimental nuclear physics group at Ohio
University is involved in a broad range of programs in these areas at facilities
around the world, including at our very own Edwards Accelerator Laboratory, seeking answers that are at the forefront of the quest to understand the
structure of matter and the fundamental forces of nature.
Numerous graduate students perform nuclear and particle physics research within
the INPP locally at the Edwards Accelerator Laboratory and remotely at several
national and international labs.
More information about graduate studies in Nuclear Physics with the INPP can be found in this summary and this presentation.