Dr. Raju Venugopalan from Brookhaven National Laboratory visited our group today and we had great physics discussions on spin physics at small-x. See some pictures here.
Congratulations to Parth Bhatnagar for receiving the department REU fellowship, a ten-week Undergraduate Summer Research program with full department financial support.
We had an in-person group lunch today, see a picture here. We were missing Amanda, Fanyi Zhao, Jinghong, and Sasza, since they unfortunately cannot make it. It definitely felt great to talk to everyone in person.
Zhongbo gave a presentation at UCLA Society of Physics Students (SPS) on "Quantum Computing for Quantum Chromodynamics", see poster here and a picture here.
Together with UC Riverside, Lawrence Berkeley and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, and Cal-Bridge Program, we have received a grant from DOE's Office of Science for a pilot program designed to help low-income, first-generation and historically underrepresented undergraduate students from across California pursue graduate degrees and careers in nuclear physics, with the aim of increasing the diversity of scientists in this field. Zhongbo is heading the program at UCLA. For details, see the news here.
Congratulations to Fanyi for receiving a graduate fellowship in quantum information science from Bhaumik Institute for Theoretical Physics. This one-year fellowship will support our research on quantum simulations for nuclear and particle physics.
We are extremely happy and thankful for being awarded a UC Southern Hub Seed Grant from UCLA Office for Research & Creative Activities to initiate collaborative research among UCLA, UC Riverside, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, and Los Alamos National Lab on Electron-Ion Collider Physics. This one-year grant will allow us to have joint training for a graduate student with Livermore lab and for a postdoc fellow with Los Alamos Lab, and to have closer collaboration with the nuclear physics group at UC Riverside.
Sasza Czajka is attending the 2022 TMD Collaboration Winter School in Santa Fe, New Mexico during January 20 - 26, 2022. The school is hosted by Los Alamos National Laboratory, and is sponsored by the TMD Collaboration (The DOE Topical Collaboration for the Coordinated Theoretical Approach to Transverse Momentum Dependent Hadron Structure in QCD).
We are very happy that in the Fall of 2022, John Terry will join Los Alamos National Laboratory as a Director's postdoctoral fellow at Theoretical Division, Group T-2 (Nuclear and Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology), and Kyle Lee will join Center for Theoretical Physics at MIT as a postdoctoral fellow. Congratulations for their great achievements and we wish them best of luck for their future career.
Zhongbo is co-organizing workshop "Correlations in Partonic and Hadronic Interactions (CPHI-2022)", to be held during March 7 - 12, 2022. See here for details.
Zhongbo received a departmental outstanding teaching award for the 2020/21 academic year, for teaching Physics 124.
We participated actively in Exploring Your Universe, UCLA's biggest science fair. Zhongbo gave a science talk on "Fundamental Structure of Matter". We also host a virtual booth, Nuclear and Particle Physics. Our team members John Terry, Mychal Valle, Farid Salazar, and Mishary Alrashed presented demos from Knudsen Hall and broadcast via zoom lively, while Kyle Lee (Berkeley Lab) and Sean Preins (UC Riverside) contributed remotely. We have shown cosmic ray detector, cloud chamber and simulations for Electron Ion Collider. Please see some pictures here.
Zhongbo participated in Virtual IGEN Bridge Department Leaders Meeting, which was hosted by the Inclusive Graduate Education Network (IGEN). We are able to connect with Bridge Department leaders from the geosciences, physics and the chemical sciences, share information by leveraging the INCLUDES National Network and receive information and engage in discussion on how they can cultivate anti-racist graduate programs to better support the Fellows in their programs. See more information here.
Zhongbo helped organize the first "hybrid" CFNS workshop (since the pandemic started in March 2020): The 2nd Workshop on Jets for 3D Imaging at the EIC, during September 27 - 29. For more information, see here.
Mishary received a CEU2021 Award from APS. He will make a presentation at "The Conference Experience for Undergraduates", which is planned to take place in conjunction with DNP 2021 (virtual) October 11 - 14, 2021.
Together with Tolga Altinoluk (NCBJ, Warsaw) and Renee Fatemi (Kentucky), Zhongbo organized "Week 4: Jets in cold quark and gluon matter" of the INT program: Probing QCD at High Energy and Density with Jets. We had a whole week of exciting talks during August 16 - 20.
Zhongbo delivered a public lecture: "Strong Force - The structure of matter: from Rutherford's experiment to Electron-Ion Collider" at "Adventures in Particle Physics" Outreach Event organized by University of Stavanger (Norway). See the YouTube video here.
Together with Edmond Iancu from Institute de Physique Theorique, Zhongbo moderated a round-table discussion on "Parton shower and SCET approach in medium" at "Week 2: Parton shower in high density matter" of the INT program: Probing QCD at High Energy and Density with Jets.
Zhongbo participated in the plenary round-table discussion on "EIC Physics" at Quark Confinement and Hadron Spectrum 2021 conference. The full panel members are: Jian-Wei Qiu (moderator, JLab), Zhong-Bo Kang (UCLA), Peter Petreczky (BNL), Ignazio Scimemi (UCM).
DOE granted Critical Decision 1 (CD-1) for the Electron-Ion Collider. Following DOE's approval of "mission need" (known as CD-0) in December 2019, this announcement marks the completion of the project's definition phase and its conceptual design. Approval of CD-1 provides the authorization to begin the project execution phase, starting with preliminary design. See news here.
Congratulations to John for becoming a 2021/22 Dissertation Year Fellow, offered by UCLA Graduate Division.
Jinghong received a 2021 Honors Summer Research Stipend.
Zhongbo and Fanyi joined UCLA Center for Quantum Science and Engineering (CQSE). See the CQSE website for the center's activities.
Zhongbo gave an overview talk today, Theory of transverse/forward spin physics at RHIC, at the CFNS Workshop: RHIC Science Programs Informative Toward EIC in the Coming Years.
Zhongbo's tenure promotion is approved, and he will be promoted to Associate Professor with tenure, effectively July 1, 2021.
QCD Evolution Workshop 2021 (online) officially started today. Looking forward to an exciting week full of interesting talks. Check workshop indico page and Twitter page for all the exciting news!
Congratulations to Mishary Alrashed and Nick Millkey, who have just received the department REU fellowship, to work on the research projects with us.
The website for our California EIC Consortium has become available, see https://uceic.physics.ucla.edu/.
Zhongbo gave a presentation at UCLA Society of Physics Students (SPS) on "Physics of Strong Interaction", see poster here.
Zhongbo gave a CFNS online seminar today, here are slides and recorded video.
Zhongbo is co-organizing the CFNS workshop: EIC physics in the Snowmass process, to be held online during January 25 to 29. For details, see here.
Zhongbo received department's Teaching Innovator of the Year Award for the 2019/20 academic year.
For the first time, we applied jet charge to study spin asymmetries, in order to achieve flavor separation. This research is now published in Physical Review Letters. See an interesting illustrative picture here. Thanks a lot to our outstanding collaborators Xiaohui, Sonny, and our postdoc Dingyu.
Our "California Consortium at the Electron-Ion Collider" has been selected for funding for 4 years, by UC Office of the President via Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives (MRPI). The consortium will be led by Barbara Jacak of Berkeley, and includes 4 UC campuses: UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UCLA, UC Riverside, and 3 national labs: Berkeley Lab, Livermore, and Los Alamos. We are very excited to be part of the great team!
Zhongbo made a presentation and participated in the event, Exposure to the Fields of Research, organized by UCLA Life Science Student Association (LSSA).
Zhongbo organized a booth - "Nuclear and Particle Physics" for Exploring Your Universe, the largest UCLA outreach event. Kyle, Sasza, Azmain, and Jet helped the event as volunteers. Thanks a lot for their great help. See a picture here and our twitter post for more details.
Zhongbo gave the UCLA physics and astronomy colloquium today - "The renaissance of jet physics", see the recorded video.
Fanyi and John both gave presentations at UC EIC Consortium collaboration meeting today.
Zhongbo is helping organizing "Jets for 3D imaging at the EIC" workshop, to be held at UC Riverside during November 23 - 25, 2020. For details, see here.
UCLA made a news item for Zhongbo's NSF CAREER award, see here. Interesting though, Zhongbo found this news first via UCLA college twitter.
Kyle Lee, a graduate student at Stony Brook who has been working with us closely in the past a few years, successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis this morning via ZOOM. Congratulations, Dr. Lee! Good luck for your next journey at Berkeley.
Congratulations to Fanyi for receiving the Bhaumik Institute Nina Byers Summer Fellowship in Theoretical Physics, see details here.
Zhongbo has won an NSF Career Award for theoretical work in quantum chromodynamics and nucleon structure. The award will support our research program for the next five years during 07/2020 - 06/2025.
Fanyi passed the oral qualifying exam and has successfully advanced to PhD candidacy. Congratulations!
Our undergraduate student Amanda has received a REU fellowship for the summer, to work with us on a research project exploring color glass condensate.
Efforts have been made recently by leaders in both sides, aiming for increasing research ties between UCLA and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). On February 28, a UCLA workshop with scientific representatives from LBNL took place at the Luskin Conference Center. It was a very successful meeting. In response to the efforts, our nuclear physics group started to listen to the nuclear seminars remotely with the help of LBNL partners.
Due to the rapidly escalating heath concerns relating to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we have to cancel our QCD Evolution 2020 Workshop. We plan to reschedule the conference in 2021 and still host it at UCLA.
Together with Prof. Huang, Zhongbo sponsored Physics and Astronomy Social of Friday, January 31, from 4:00 - 7:00PM on the third floor PAB patio. There are free pizza, snacks, and plentiful refreshments, as well as music and trivia. See a poster here.
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of Brookhaven National Laboratory as the site for a planned major new nuclear physics research facility - the Electron Ion Collider (EIC), a major step towards the ultimate realization of the EIC. See details here.
MIT OpenCourseWare wrote a story about Kyle Lee, a graduate student who has been closely working with us. See details here.
Our undergraduate student, Daniel A. Callos, has been selected to be an Undergraduate Research Fellow for Winter and Spring 2020 quarters, through UCLA Undergraduate Research Fellows Program (URFP). Such a fellowship will support Daniel's research in our group. Congratulations, Daniel!
Zhongbo received a departmental outstanding teaching award for the 2018/19 academic year, for teaching Physics 124.
John passed the oral qualifying exam and has successfully advanced to PhD candidacy. Congratulations!
Zhongbo has become an associate member of Center for Frontiers in Nuclear Science (CFNS) at Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Laboratory, see here.
John and Fanyi participated in 2019 Fall Science and Engineer Showcase, an outreach event organized by Organization for Cultural Diversity in Science (OCDS). OCDS strives to create a close-knit community among the graduate students in the sciences, with an emphasis in increasing cultural diversity at UCLA. See some pictures taken during the event.
Zhongbo attended RIKEN BNL Research Center Workshop - "QCD Spin Physics: A Symposium to Honor Jacques Soffer". Jacques (1940 - 2019) was a tireless supporter and advocate of the RHIC spin program from its very beginnings, and has made numerous seminal contributions to the program. Jacques was a great friend of Zhongbo: he has collaborated with Zhongbo scientifically, and has encouraged Zhongbo in many occasions! Zhongbo shared his story and memories of Jacques Soffer, who for sure will be remembered by many of us.
Zhongbo attended the 2019 Faculty Workshop on Best Practices in Teaching, which is organized by UCLA Center for Education Innovation & Learning in the Sciences (CEILS). The workshop is extremely informative and inspirational.
The 9th International Conference on Physics Opportunities at an ElecTron-Ion-Collider (POETIC 9) will be held at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, during September 16 to 21, 2019. Zhongbo is on the local organizing committee, for conference details, see here. The primary goal of the conference is to continue the advancement of the field of electron-ion collider physics.
Dr. Dingyu Shao has joined our group as a postdoctoral scholar. Welcome, Dingyu!
Zhongbo presented three lectures on "Three-dimensional structure of the nucleon" at the first CFNS Summer School on the Physics of the Electron Ion Collider. Fanyi attended this summer school as a graduate student. See details here.
Fanyi, Jared, and John are all attending CTEQ 2019 Summer School on QCD and Electroweak Phenomenology, held at University of Pittsburgh, PA during July 16 - 26, 2019.
A figure from our paper "Light and heavy flavor dijet production and dijet mass modification in heavy ion collisions" has been selected to be displayed on Physical Review D journal website as part of their "Kaleidoscope". See details here.
Zhongbo has received a RHIC & AGS Merit Award from RHIC/AGS Users' Executive Committee at Brookhaven National Laboratory. He was cited "for his unique and ground-breaking theoretical contributions to the field of transverse momentum dependent parton distribution functions and jet physics."
Zhongbo was invited to serve on UCLA 2019 Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP) Review Committee. URSP is directed through the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and administered by the Undergraduate Research Center - Sciences. URSP is a three-quarter program that supports students conducting advanced STEM research projects with a UCLA Faculty Research Mentor.
Jared received a prestigious fellowship from University of California Office of the President: UC-National Lab In-Residence Graduate Fellowship. Among the ten UC campuses, only three graduate students received such an honor in 2019. More information here. Congratulations!
Jared passed the oral qualifying exam and has successfully advanced to PhD candidacy. Congratulations!
Through the support of Bhaumik Institute for Theoretical Physics at UCLA and Los Alamos National Laboratory, we are organizing "UCLA 2019 Santa Fe Jets and Heavy Flavor Workshop", to be held at UCLA during January 28 - 30, 2019.
Prof. Barbara Jacak (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UC Berkeley) gave the UCLA physics and astronomy colloquium today - "Strongly Coupled QCD Matter".
We have received funding from Center for Frontiers in Nuclear Science (CFNS) at Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University to establish an Inaugural CFNS-University Postdoctoral Fellowship at UCLA. Dr. Dingyu Shao from CERN theory group will be joining us under such a fellowship in the fall.
Zhongbo received a departmental outstanding teaching award for the 2017/18 academic year, for teaching Physics 110B and 115A.
Zhongbo is on a delegation for a visit to Capitol Hill on the "EIC hill day", organized by Electron-Ion Collider (EIC) User Group, see a photo here. The main goal of the visit is to convey the excitement and importance of the physics of a future Electron-Ion Collider facility following the recent release of the report by the National Academy of Sciences.
Zhongbo was invited to serve on UCLA 2019 Undergraduate Research Fellows Program (URFP) Review Committee. URFP is directed through the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and administered by the Undergraduate Research Center - Sciences. URFP is a two-quarter program that supports students who will be conducting a STEM research project with a UCLA Faculty Mentor.
Jared's first paper in the group appeared on arXiv.org today. The study is about "light and heavy flavor production and dijet mass modification in heavy ion collisions". Great job!
John Terry and Jared Reiten participated in an outreach event today. This event was organized by the Organization for Cultural Diversity in Science (OCDS), aimed at showing UCLA undergraduates the benefits of pursuing degrees/careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). See some pictures taken during the event.
Zhongbo is invited to serve as a focus convener for the Quarkonium Working Group on the topic of Electron Ion Collider (EIC).
Zhongbo visited SLAC's theory group and presented an Elementary Particle Physics (EPP) Theory Seminar. SLAC was originally named Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and is now usually called SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.
Our undergraduate student, Andrew Gordeev, has been selected to be an Undergraduate Research Scholar for the 2018 - 2019 academic year and been awarded a scholarship of $5,000 through UCLA Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP). Such a scholarship will support Andrew's research in our group. Congratulations, Andrew!
The program "Probing Nucleons and Nuclei in High Energy Collisions" will be held at Institute for Nuclear Theory at University of Washington, Seattle, during October 1 - November 16, 2018. Zhongbo is a convener for the second week workshop (October 8 - 12): "Workshop on Transverse spin and TMDs". For more information, see here.
Zhongbo started his one-month visit at the theoretical division in Los Alamos National Laboratory today.
Zhongbo received Faculty Career Development Award from UCLA Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. At the same time, Zhongbo also received a Faculty Research Grant from UCLA Academic Senate Council on Research.
Fidele Twagirayezu started his summer research work in our group today, through a UCLA competitive edge grant. Welcome, Fidele!
Today the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released their report on the proposed Electron Ion Collider (EIC), a billion-dollar accelerator. The report committee glowingly approved of the science that could be done with the EIC. Such physics is one of the primary focus of our research group. See more news here, here, here, and here.
Zhongbo started his one-week visit today at Center for Frontiers in Nuclear Science, which was established by Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Laboratory in 2017. The center will push the frontiers of knowledge about quarks, gluons and their interactions that form protons, neutrons, and ultimately 99.9% of the mass of atoms - the bulk of the visible universe.
Harvey Shows started his summer research work in our group today, through so-called year-zero graduate researcher program. Welcome, Harvey!
Jared Reiten started his one-month visit at the theoretical division in Los Alamos National Laboratory today.
John Terry attended HUGS 2018 summer school held by Jefferson Lab. After the summer school, he visited JLab Theory Center for one more week.
John Terry presented his first conference talk at QCD Evolution 2018 Workshop.
The Electron Ion Collider (EIC) User Group Meeting 2018 will take place at the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. during July 30 - August 2, 2018. The EIC User Group promotes the realization of the EIC and its science, and consists of over 800 scientists. Zhongbo is a convener for the session "Jets, Energy Loss, Hadronization, and Nuclear Structure". For more information, see here.
Our graduate student John Terry has just won the prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship from National Science Foundation, more information here. Congratulations, John!
CIPANP 2018 (Thirteenth Conference on the Intersections of Particle and Nuclear Physics) will be held in Palm Springs, CA during May 28 - June 3, 2018. This is a conference series designed to explore areas of interest to scientists working in elementary particle physics, nuclear physics, nuclear and particle astrophysics, and cosmology, and it is held every three years. Zhongbo is a convener for the session "Parton and Gluon Distributions in Nucleons and Nuclei". For more information, see here.
Jared Reiten presented his first conference talk at Santa Fe Jets and Heavy Flavor 2018 workshop.
Prof. Iain Stewart (MIT) gave the UCLA physics and astronomy colloquium today - "New Windows into the Strong Interaction".
Through the support of Bhaumik Institute for Theoretical Physics, we are organizing "Advances in QCD and Applications to Hadron Colliders Workshop" at UCLA Department of Physics and Astronomy during November 8 - 10, 2017.
Dr. Maarten Buffing has joined our group as a postdoctoral scholar. Welcome, Maarten!
We received a NSF award from National Science Foundation, which will support our research activities from 2017 to 2020.
Our work on "J/ψ production and polarization within a jet" is published in Physical Review Letters. See a description here.
Jared Reiten started his summer research work in our group today, through so-called year-zero graduate researcher program. Welcome, Jared!
Electron Ion Collider User Group Meeting 2017 will be held at Trieste, Italy during July 18 - 22, 2017. Zhongbo is a convener for the session "Phenomenology and new observables". For more information, see here.
Zhongbo participated in 2017 RHIC and AGS Annual Users' Meeting held at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY during June 20 - 23, 2017. He joined a panel discussion on "Future plans of pp/pA program at RHIC" in the spin and proton structure session. The full panel members are: Elke-Caroline Aschenauer (BNL), Zhongbo Kang (UCLA), John Lajoie (ISU), Rodolfo Sassot (Buenos Aires U.), and Matthew Sievert (LANL).
Zhongbo will visit the theoretical division at Los Alamos National Laboratory for about one month, from June 19 to July 31.
The QCD Evolution 2017 Workshop will be held at Jefferson Lab, May 22 - 26, 2017. Zhongbo is one of the organizers. For more information, see here.
Zhongbo visited Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica in Taiwan. In addition, during his 10 day visit in Taiwan, he attended the 12th Particle Physics Phenomenology Workshop held in National Chiao Tung University at Hsinchu.
Through the support of Bhaumik Institute for Theoretical Physics, we are organizing "Topical Workshop on QCD Structure of Nucleons in the Modern Era" at UCLA Department of Physics and Astronomy, May 4 - 6, 2017.
Dr. Felix Ringer (Los Alamos National Laboratory) presented a special nuclear physics seminar today "Jet substructure and heavy flavor production at the LHC".
The Workshop on Chirality, Vorticity and Magnetic Field in Heavy Ion Collisions (QCD Chirality Workshop 2017) will be held at UCLA March 27 - 30, 2017. Zhongbo is one of the organizers. For more information, see here.
Zhongbo gave the UCLA physics and astronomy colloquium today - "Quantum tomography of the nucleons".
The 25th International Workshop on Deep Inelastic Scattering and Related Topics (DIS 2017) will be held in University of Birmingham, UK April 3 - 7, 2017. It covers an eclectic mixture of material related to QCD and DIS as well as a general survey of the hottest current topics in high energy physics. Zhongbo is a convener for the working group "Spin and 3D Structure". For more information, see here.
Prof. Guang-You Qin from Central China Normal University visited our group, and presented a special nuclear physics seminar "Jet quenching in heavy-ion collisions".
Santa Fe Jets and Heavy Flavor 2017 Workshop will take place at the Inn and Spa at Loretto hotel in Santa Fe, NM February 13 - 15, 2017. Zhongbo is one of the organizers. For more information, see here.
Our research group website (https://kang-research-group.physics.ucla.edu) went live at 3:35 PM today. Exciting!
Zhongbo participated in the Joint CTEQ Meeting and 7th International Conference on Physics Opportunities at an EIC (POETIC 7) held at Philadelphia, PA during November 14 - 18, 2016. He delivered a plenary talk on "TMDs at an EIC". At the same time, he joined a panel discussion on "QCD tools for future ep/eA colliders". The full panel members are: Frank Petriello (moderator, Northwestern), Zhongbo Kang (UCLA), Christopher Lee (LANL), Pavel Nadolsky (SMU), and Stefan Prestel (SLAC).