Our research is in the field of nuclear physics. In nuclear physics, we are interested in the structure and properties of atomic nuclei and, in addition, how nuclei interact with each other. Such knowledge is important in order to understand how elements were created in the early universe, as well as in the stars and supernovae that are observed today. We perform experiments to study nuclei and their properties at nearby laboratories, such as the ATLAS
(Argonne Tandem Linac Accelerator System) facility at Argonne National Laboratory
outside Chicago, and the Michigan State University National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory
in East Lansing. Another area of interest is in the properties of nuclear matter at conditions of extreme pressure and density, conditions that may resemble those that existed just a few millionths of a second after the Big Bang that began our universe. Experiments trying to reproduce these conditions are currently underway at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider
(RHIC) located at Brookhaven National Laboratory
on Long Island in New York.