M. Munir. Islam
Muhammad Munirul Islam Research Professor of Physics
Fellow of the American Physical Society
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06269

I was born in Chittagong, Bangladesh, did my matriculation from Dhaka Collegiate School in 1951 and my Intermediate Science (I. Sc.) from Dhaka College in 1953. I completed my B. Sc. (Honors) in Physics from Dhaka University in 1956 and was awarded the Kali Narayan Scholarship (best student of the year award). After completing my M.Sc. in physics from Dhaka University in 1957, I went to Imperial College, University of London, in 1958 with a Royal Commission 1851 Exhibition Scholarship. There I worked in Professor Abdus Salam’s Group under the supervision of Professor P. T. Matthews. I finished my Ph.D. in theoretical particle physics in 1961 and stayed at Imperial College as a research assistant for one more year. In 1962, I went to Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island (U.S.A.) as a post-doctoral fellow.

I became an Assistant Professor of Research at Brown University in 1965, and in 1967 joined the Physics Department at the University of Connecticut as a regular Assistant Professor. I was promoted to an Associate Professor in 1970 and to a Full Professor in 1975. After 40 years of research, teaching, and service, I retired in June, 2007. The Board of Trustees of the University of Connecticut approved my continued association with the University as Professor Emeritus and the Physics Department appointed me as Research Professor. This has enabled me to continue actively my research program in high energy physics and maintain regular contact with experimental colleagues at CERN. I became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1985.

I was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1980 and an Expatriate Fellow of the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences in 2003. I have been a Visiting Scientist at the International Center for Theoretical Physics, Trieste (Italy), Theoretical Physics Institute, University of Alberta (Canada), European Center for Particle Physics Research (CERN), Geneva, Laboratory for Theoretical Physics and Elementary Particles , University of Paris VI (France), Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, California (U.S.A.), Institute for High Energy Physics, Protvino (Russia), and Research Centre for Mathematical and Physical Sciences, University of Chittagong (Bangladesh).

I have spent sabbatical leaves at the Centre for Nuclear Research, CEN, Saclay (France), Center for Theoretical Physics, Yale University, Center for Theoretical Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics, State University of New York at Stony Brook. I spent two years as a Visiting Professor at the Physics Department of Dhaka University (1981 – 83). During this period, I wrote with Professor Iqbal Mahmud of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology - a report on “Appropriate Technology” for the Planning Commission of the Government of Bangladesh. Together with three other colleagues, I served as a Guest Editor for three issues of Foundations of Physics, vol. 30 (2000) honoring a colleague: Professor Kurt Haller.

I am a theoretical particle physicist with primary research interest in High Energy Proton-Proton and Antiproton-Proton Elastic Scattering with a view to determining the underlying strong interaction dynamics and the structure of the nucleon. My current research is focused on proton-proton (pp) elastic scattering that will be measured at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in an experiment where each proton hits head-on another proton at a velocity close to the velocity of light. In collaboration with my colleagues: Richard Luddy, Alexei Prokudin and Jan Kaspar, I have recently predicted the pp elastic scattering at LHC based on the nucleon structure that we have arrived at. Our prediction as well as the predictions of other groups will be tested at LHC by the TOTEM (Total Elastic and Diffractive Measurement) Experiment.

Some recent publications:

  1. M. M. Islam, R. J. Luddy and A. V. Prokudin, Phys. Lett. B 605, 115 (2005): pp Elastic Scattering at LHC in Near Forward Direction.
  2. M. M. Islam, R. J. Luddy and A. V. Prokudin, Int. J. of Mod. Phys. A 21, 1 (2006): Near Forward pp Elastic Scattering at LHC and Nucleon Structure.
  3. M. M. Islam, J. Kaspar and R. J. Luddy, Mod. Phys. Lett. A 24, 485 (2009): Deep-Elastic pp Scattering at LHC from Low-x Gluons.
  4. M. M. Islam, Jan Kaspar, R. J. Luddy and A. V. Prokudin, Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Elastic and Diffractive Scattering (Blois Workshop), CERN 2009, edited by M. Deile, D. d'Enterria, A. De Roeck: Proton-Proton Elastic Scattering at LHC and Proton Structure, p. 48 - 54.
  5. Munir Islam, Richard Luddy, Jan Kaspar, Alexei Prokudin, CERN Courier, Vol. 49, No.10, December 2009, editor C. Sutton: Picturing the proton by elastic scattering, p. 35.
  6. M. M. Islam, J. Kaspar and R. J. Luddy, Proceedings of the Eleventh Workshop on Non-Perturbative Quantum Chromodynamics, l'Institut Astrophysique de Paris, June 6-10, 2011, edited by Berndt Mueller, Mary Ann Rotondo and Chung-I Tan: Proton Structure and Prediction of pp Elastic Scattering at LHC at Center-of-Mass Energy 7 TeV
  7. M. M. Islam, J. Kaspar and R. J. Luddy, Proceedings of the 14th Workshop on Elastic and Diffractive Scattering (EDS Blois Workshop) Frontiers of QCD: From Puzzles to Discoveries, December 15-21, 2011, Vietnam, edited by Mary Ann Rotondo and Chung-I Tan, Proton Structure from High Energy Proton-Proton and i Antiproton-Proton Elastic Scattering

Some early publications:

  1. G. W. Heines and M. M. Islam, Nuovo Cimento 61A, 149 (1981): High Energy pp Elastic Scattering and Evidence for a Nucleon Core of Valence Quarks.
  2. M. M. Islam, T. Fearnley and J. P. Guillaud, Nuovo Cimento 81A, 737 (1984): pp and p(bar)p Elastic Scattering from 10 GeV to 1000 GeV Centre-of-mass Energy.
  3. M. M. Islam, V. Innocente, T. Fearnley and G. Sanguinetti, Europhys. Lett. 4, 189 (1987): High Energy pp and p(bar)p Elastic Scattering and Nucleon Structure.
  4. M. M. Islam, Zeitschrift Physik C 53, 253 (1992): Nonlinear σ-model and nucleon structure.

Recent press describing my research:

  1. Picturing the Proton, UConn Today, March 31, 2010,