Faculty Highlight: Paul Stoler
Stoler joined Rensselaer in 1966, where he has conducted experimental work on particles and nuclei. Among his professional affiliations are the American Physical Society (fellow), and the JLAB users group. Research Interests: Properties of Hadrons. The experimental study of the properties of strongly interacting particles (hadrons). These studies are being carried out using precision multi-GeV electron and photon beams at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility. The current experimental program involves the measurement of exclusive reactions at high momentum transfer (high Qsq or high t) This includes deeply virtual reactions such as meson production or virtualCompton scattering, and reactions leading to the excitation of excited baryons. The purpose of these measurements is to map the distributions of quarks/partons in the nucleon, and to understand the interactions leading to the structure of strongly interacting matter. The PRI group, consisting of faculty, postdocs and students, carries out these experiments as part of the Jefferson Lab CLASS Collaboration. A major part of the current program also involves preparing the physics and experimental for the planned Jefferson Lab $300 million energy upgrade. The RPI work is fully supported by the National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Energy. Neutrino physics. The RPI group has an active collaboration in the Daya Bay neutrino oscillation experiment. This is a major Chinese-American undertaking to measure the third neutrino oscillation angle.