Experimental Nuclear Physics

Nuclear physics is the study of nuclear matter in its many states and the interactions of other nucleons and sub-atomic particles with them. This ranges from low-energy searches for dark matter and neutrino physics to high energy electron scattering off of nuclear targets. The Duke physics department is the host of the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory (TUNL) at which researches from Duke, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University work together. TUNL hosts several accelerators for nuclear astrophysics and a high intensity gamma-ray source which utilizes the Duke free electron laser. Duke researchers also work at JLAB in Virginia, KEK in Japan and Los Alamos Laboratory in New Mexico.

For more information regarding Research in Nuclear Physics, visit Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory.

Experimental Nuclear Physics Faculty

  • Phillip S. Barbeau

    Phillip S. Barbeau

    Associate Professor of Physics
    Research Interest:
    Direct searches for dark matter; Experimental Nuclear & Particle Astro-Physics, Double Beta Decay, Neutrinos and Dark Matter
  • Forrest Friesen

    Forrest Friesen

    Research Interest:
  • Haiyan Gao

    Haiyan Gao

    Henry Newson Professor of Physics, Professor of Physics, Professor of Physics at Duke Kunshan University (Secondary)
    Research Interest:
    Neutron EDM, Precision measurement of proton charge radius, Polarized Compton scattering, neutron and proton transversity, search for phi-N bound state, polarized photodisintegration of 3He
  • Calvin R. Howell

    Calvin R. Howell

    Professor of Physics
    Research Interest:
    Measurement of the neutron-neutron scattering length, carbon and nitrogen accumulation and translocation in plants; Quantum chromodynamics (QCD) description of structure and reactions of few-nucleon systems, Big Bang and explosive nucleosynthesis, and applications of nuclear physics in biology, medicine and national security
  • Brogan Thomas

    Brogan Thomas

    Research Interest:
  • Werner Tornow

    Werner Tornow

    Professor Emeritus of Physics
    Research Interest:
    Weak-interaction physics, especially in double-beta decay studies and in neutrino oscillation physics using large scale detectors at the Kamland project in Japan
  • Anselm G. Vossen

    Anselm G. Vossen

    Assistant Professor of Physics
    Research Interest:
    Understanding the properties of the proton in terms of quark and gluon degrees of freedom. Hadronization studies in Semi-Inclusive Deep-Inelastic Scattering and electron-positron annihilation Precision tests of the Standard Model using B-mesons
  • Ying Wu

    Ying Wu

    Professor of Physics
    Research Interest:
    Nonlinear dynamics of charged particle beams, coherent radiation sources, and the development of novel accelerators and light sources