Our Research in the News

The CEBAF Accelerator (Tamara Dietrich, Daily Press, Newport News, Virginia, October 2015).

The leader of Experimental Hall B at Jefferson Lab, Volker Burkert, poses in front of the Forward Time-Of-Flight Detector that was designed and built here at USC under the lead of Prof. Ralf Gothe. The picture shows the detector installed in the hall.

The research program carried out by our own Nuclear Physics Group and the time-of-flight detector built by the group here at USC have recently been in the News! The article was inspired by the just-announced Nuclear Science Advisory Committee (NSAC) recommendations. The Committee recommends priorities in Nuclear Science research to the federal government for the next five to seven years. The first topic in the first recommendation of the new 2015 NSAC Long Range Plan (LPR) for Nuclear Physics and, hence the absolute highest, is to capitalize on the investments made at the Thomas Jefferson National Lab (JLab) in Newport News, VA. The LPR states, "With the imminent completion of the CEBAF 12-GeV Upgrade, its forefront program of using electrons to unfold the quark and gluon structure of hadrons and nuclei and to probe the Standard Model must be realized." This highest recommendation is followed by the construction of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB), the fundamental symmetries and neutrino research, and the upgrade of the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC). For the long term future of the field the LPR lays out "We recommend a high-energy high-luminosity polarized EIC as the highest priority for new facility construction following the completion of FRIB." The facts that JLab has the highest priority for operation and is a main competitor for the new Electron Ion Collider (EIC) project were picked up by the Newport News Daily Press and were published with the headline picture that features the CLAS12 detector at JLab and shows the time-of-flight detector built by the Nuclear Physics Group here at USC.