Andrew J. R. Puckett, Associate Professor, Department of Physics
The photo above shows members of the group on the BigBite Spectrometer service platform in Hall A of Jefferson Lab during the SBS installation in July 2021. From left to right: Prof. Puckett, Dr. Eric Fuchey, Graduate Research Assistants Sebastian Seeds and Provakar Datta. Professor Puckett is an experimental nuclear/particle physicist studying the internal structure of strongly interacting matter in high-energy fixed-target electron-nucleon and electron-nucleus scattering experiments at Jefferson Lab (JLab). The recently completed 12 GeV upgrade of JLab's Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility to a maximum beam energy of 11 GeV (12 GeV) for electron-beam (photon-beam) experiments, augmented by state-of-the-art target and detector systems, together with high-speed data acquisition and high-performance computing, has enabled a world-leading physics program leading to three-dimensional imaging of the internal quark structure of protons, neutrons and nuclei with unprecedented precision in both coordinate and momentum space. The ultimate goal of the experiments is to understand how strongly interacting matter is built from its elementary quark and gluon constituents in terms of Quantum Chromodynamics, the generally accepted theory of the strong interaction within the Standard Model. Click the image to see the list of publications and citations (according to Google Scholar).
Professor Puckett was at Jefferson Lab the week of January 23-27 to give an invited talk on the science that would be enabled by a potential future energy upgrade of CEBAF to 22 GeV, for the Jefferson Lab Users’ Organization Board of Directors Meeting, and for the Hall A Winter Collaboration Meeting. The invited talk […][Read More]
Graduate students from the SBS collaboration won the first (Provakar Datta, UConn) and 3rd (Maria Satnik, College of William and Mary) prizes and an honorable mention (Sebastian Seeds, UConn) in the graduate student poster competition at the Jefferson Lab Users’ Organization annual meeting. Links to the posters and short video overviews of the posters can […][Read More]
Current UConn PhD students and group members Provakar Datta and Sebastian Seeds were accepted to the National Nuclear Physics Summer School (NNPSS) to take place at MIT this July. https://web.mit.edu/2022nnpss/index.html[Read More]
Physics Department Upcoming Events
Graduate Student Seminar12:15pm
Friday, February 10th, 2023
12:15 PM - 01:15 PM
Storrs Campus GS-119Prof. Pavel Volkov, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut
The universe(s) of quantum materials
In my talk, I’ll start with a brief overview of the developments and status of modern condensed matter theory. As an illustration, I will show how the quest to explain material properties leads to discoveries of physical concepts of universal significance, such as spontaneous symmetry breaking or topological states and transitions.
I’ll then move to the current topics of active development united under the umbrella term “quantum materials”, focusing on the current topics of my research: 2D materials, interacting electrons in polar metals and ferroelectrics, and the emergence of exotic electronic orders. The approaches I use combine analytical quantum field theory methods with phenomenological symmetry-based modeling with a special emphasis on making contact with experiments. Finally, I’ll overview the activities I plan to launch at UConn and discuss career perspectives.
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Particle, Astrophysics, and Nuclear Physics Seminar2:00pm
Tuesday, February 21st, 2023
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Storrs Campus GS-117Dr. Rajan Gupta, Los Alamos
The nucleon structure and contributions of novel CP violating interactions to the neutron electric dipole moment
After a brief introduction to lattice QCD and how it allows the solution of the Feynman path integral formulation of quantum field theories using large scale numerical simulations, I will describe the calculations of nucleon correlations functions being done at Los Alamos. In the second part, I will describe the status of results (charges, form factors, moments) on nucleon structure and the contributions of novel CP violating interactions (the theta term, quark EDM, quark chromo EDM) to the neutron electric dipole moment (EDM).
Contact Information: Prof. L. JinMore
- Mar 3 Dr. John Sarrao, Los Alamos National Laboratory3:30pm