Welcome to the Kang Research Group










NEW: We have openings for graduate students, check the information here to apply. Our research focuses on QCD Theory and Phenomenology that span both nuclear and particle physics, see a recent introduction of our research program that was given to first-year graduate students in 2023. 

The research group is led by UCLA physics professor Zhongbo Kang, who is a faculty member of the Nuclear Physics Program and the Mani L. Bhaumik Institute for Theoretical Physics at the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Zhongbo is also a faculty member at UCLA Center for Quantum Science and Engineering (CQSE), as well as an associate member of the Center for Frontiers in Nuclear Science (CFNS) at Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Laboratory. Previously he was a staff scientist in Theoretical Division (Group T-2: Nuclear and Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology) at Los Alamos National Laboratory. We work on theoretical high-energy nuclear and particle physics. Our interests are primarily in Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) and strong interaction, and their applications in high energy nuclear and particle physics, with main research efforts:

  • Hadron Physics: quantum imaging of the proton
  • QCD Collider Physics: jets, jet substructure, and heavy flavor
  • Heavy Ion Physics: hard scattering in the nucleus and heavy ion collisions
  • Quantum computing for QCD

According to the arXiv.org research category, our research falls into [hep-ph], i.e., high energy physics - phenomenology. This field of theoretical physics focuses on the observable consequences of the fundamental particles, their interactions, and their emerging phenomena. Recently, we have started research in Quantum Computing for QCD problems, or QC for QCD. Our work is relevant for all existing and planned experiments in high-energy nuclear and particle physics ranging from JLab-12 to the LHC, e.g., Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Jefferson Lab, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, as well as the future Electron-Ion Collider (EIC) in the US. EIC is a planned flagship nuclear physics research facility to be built at Brookhaven National Laboratory. When finished, the new collider would provide unparalleled capabilities for exploring the behaviors of the fundamental particles and forces that bind atomic nuclei together. Read our Research page for more information. We gratefully acknowledge funding from:

If you're considering joining our team as a postdoctoral researcher, graduate student, or undergraduate, please visit this page for further details.