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Department of Physics Research Areas

High Energy Physics

Center for the Origin and Structure of Matter (COSM)
(Dr. Vassilios Vassilokopoulos)

COSM is a National Science Foundation Physics Frontier Center in particle and nuclear physics. The Center is a partnership between Hampton University, Norfolk State University, and North Carolina A&T State University.

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Intermediate-Energy Nuclear Physics

jefferson lab

Jefferson Lab
(Dr. Eric Christy, Dr. Michael Kohl, Dr. Paul Gueye, Dr. Alberto Accardi, Dr. Liguang Tang, and Dr. Jose Goity)

The Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science with strong support from the City of Newport News and the Commonwealth of Virginia

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nuclear physics

Minerva
(Dr. Eric Christy)

MINERvA seeks to measure low energy neutrino interactions both in support of neutrino oscillation experiments and also to study the strong dynamics of the nucleon and nucleus that affect these interactions.

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Olympus
(Dr. Michael Kohl)

OLYMPUS at DESY (Deutsches Elektronensynchrotron) in Hamburg, Germany aims to measure the effect of two-photon exchange by comparison of positron-proton and electron-proton elastic scattering.

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TREK
(Dr. Michael Kohl)

TREK (Time Reversal Experiment with Kaons) aims to discover violation of time reversal invariance beyond the Standard Model in the decay of positive kaons.

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Medical Physics

Proton Therapy

Proton Therapy
(Dr. Lars Ewell)

Hampton University has joined the fight against cancer in opening the nation's 8th proton therapy facility, the largest in the world. The Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute (HUPTI) brings the latest, most precise cancer-fighting technology to Virginia and beyond.

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medical instumentation

Center for Advanced Medical Instrumentation (CAMI)
(Dr. Lars Ewell)

The Center for Advanced Medical Instrumentation (cami) houses the first graduate programs (M.Sc. and Ph.D.) in medical physics in the State of Virginia, and the only ones nationally at an HBCU..

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Optical Sciences

Optical Physics

Advanced Center for Laser Science and Spectroscopy (ACLASS)
(Dr. Jaetae Seo)

ACLASS merges traditionally separate disciplines by advancing the fundamental understanding of selected problems at the forefront of science and technology using laser spectroscopy as the common unifying theme.

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Accelerator Physics

Low Energy Linear Accelerator (LELIA)
(Dr. Paul Gueye)

A new Accelerator Physics program is under development within the Physics Department and will be centered on an on-campus research that will utilizes a 500 keV electron linac modeled after the CEBAF injector at Jefferson Lab.

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