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Nuclear and Subatomic Physics

Nuclear and Subatomic Physics at Michigan covers a broad range of topics in traditional and in emerging interdisciplinary Nuclear Science. Fundamental research areas include the origin of the elements, the structure of hadrons and the nature of dark matter. Applications include homeland security, medical diagnostic imaging and radiotherapy.

Particular research projects focus on

  • Precision measurements that test fundamental symmetries
  • Measurements of fundamental processes that produced the elements in the Big Bang
  • Measurements of the structure of atoms with rare-isotope nuclei to understand why there is more matter than antimatter in the universe
  • Measurements that determine the abundance of anti-up and anti-down quarks in
    the proton
  • Direct detection of the dark matter in the universe.

In addition to individual research programs, the Nuclear and Subatomic Physics group works in close collaboration with the Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences (NERS) Department in the College of Engineering and with the Radiology Department in the Medical School to exploit opportunities in rare-isotope engineering and detector technology. Collaborative research is also carried out with new types of medical isotopes offered by the new national laboratory, the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) being constructed at Michigan State University (MSU).


Christine Aidala (hadronic structure, QCD dynamics, Elementary Particle Physics)
Timothy Chupp (fundamental symmetries, dark matter, rare isotopes, medical imaging)
Wolfgang Lorenzon - Hadronic structure (SeaQuest), fundamental symmetries (MUSE)
Aaron Pierce (theory: fundamental symmetries, dark matter)