Nuclear physics Faculty

Brian A. Cole (B.S. MIT 1985; Ph.D.  MIT 1992) is an experimental nuclear physicist studying high energy nuclear collisions at the Alternating Gradient Synchrotron and Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider accelerators at Brookhaven National Laboratory.  As spokesman of experiment 910 at the AGS he has contributed significantly to the understanding of the dynamics of nuclear collisions through precision proton-nucleus measurements made by his experiment. As member of the detector council of the PHENIX experiment at RHIC he has been responsible for construction of the PHENIX event builder and Level-2 trigger systems both of which are critical to the success of the PHENIX physics program.

William A. Zajc (B.S. Caltech 1975, Ph.D. Berkeley 1982) is an experimental nuclear physicist specializing in high energy collisions of heavy ions. He has made major contributions to both the phenomenology and measurement of Bose-Einstein correlations, which are the fundamental tool for determining the size and shape of the emission region in high energy nuclear collisions. He is the Spokesperson of the PHENIX collaboration, one of the two large experiments currently taking data at Brookhaven National Laboratory's Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC).