|Richard T. Jones
Associate Professor of Physics
at the University of Connecticut
University of Connecticut unit 3046,
2152 Hillside Rd., Storrs, CT, U.S.A., 06269-3046.
Tel: (860) 486-3512
Fax: (860) 486-3346
Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility,
12000 Jefferson Ave., Newport News, VA, U.S.A., 23606.
Tel: (757) 269-5311
Fax: (757) 269-6273
|Education and Outreach||Curriculum Vitæ|
Physics is the quest for a description of the universe in terms of an underlying mathematical order. As modern technology has opened up the structure of matter at smaller and smaller scales, entirely new levels in that order have been revealed at the subatomic scale that challenge our common-sense notions of the way the world is. In nuclear physics experiments we use particle accelerators to probe deep inside the atomic nucleus and stir the "soup" of elementary particles called quarks and gluons that are confined within it. Results from these experiments are used to build and test theories of how quarks bind together to form ordinary matter. Beyond the immediate goals of answering fundamental questions about the basic building blocks of the universe, this research contributes to technological advancements in areas such as high-performance computing, numerical simulations, engineered materials, radiation detection and imaging. Whether you are theoretically inclined or your strengths lie in technical areas, there are important questions that you can help to address in nuclear physics. To inquire more about some of the experiments we are conducting in our group, drop me a note at the email address below, or poke around on this web site.