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ACU Home > Major Events > News > 2004 News Archive > Physics department announces new research project

Physics department announces new research project

ACU teams up with Bosnian university, professor

For immediate release
July 27, 2004

Students and faculty in the Abilene Christian University Department of Physics announced the beginning of a new research project in conjunction with students and faculty from the University of Tuzla in Bosnia.

The research will be a new effort at partial wave analysis of pion-nucleon scattering. Partial wave analysis is used by theorists to determine properties such as mass, lifetime and decay modes of the products of pion-nucleon interactions.

Researchers include Dr. Michael Sadler, ACU professor of physics; Shon Watson, ACU physics graduate of 2004; Melissa Jerkins, ACU physics graduate of 2003; Dr. Jugoslav Stahov, professor at the University of Tuzla; and two students from the University of Tuzla.

Stahov and Sadler have been friends for several years, Sadler said. Stahov is currently teaching a Summer II class at ACU, which he has done for the past five years. He also taught at ACU for a full school year in 2001-02.

"When I met Dr. Sadler, it was clear to both of us then that we should work together and help each other try to get some results in this area," Stahov said.

The research began with a workshop last month that also included physicists from Finland and Croatia.

"There was a time when partial wave analysis was a hot topic in high energy physics," Sadler said. "It's on the back burner now, but it is still important that the research be done and done well."

Later this year, Watson may travel to Tuzla to do research. Sadler has been a guest lecturer at the University of Tuzla several times in recent years.

Research at ACU's Department of Physics is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

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