The Department of Natural Sciences
Assoc Professor of High Energy Physics
Phone: (646) 660-6244
Adrian Dumitru received his PhD in physics from the Institute for Theoretical Physics at Frankfurt University, Germany, in fall of 1997. He was a postdoctoral research scientist at Yale University from 04/1998 to 09/1999. This was followed by two postdoc positions at Columbia University in New York (1999-2001) and at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island (2001-2002). From 01/2003 until 07/2008 he held a position as Assistant Professor at the ITP, Frankfurt University before joining the Department of Natural Sciences at Baruch in august 2008. He is simultaneously appointed Associate Professor at Baruch College and a fellow of the RIKEN/BNL research center. Dr. Dumitru is also a faculty member of the PhD Program in physics, CUNY Graduate Center.
His research focuses on the physics of Quantum Chromodynamics, the theory of the strong interactions, at very high energies. The main motivation is to understand a primordial state of matter which emerges at temperatures exceeding 1012 K where ordinary hadrons melt into the fundamental constituents of matter, quarks and gluons. This new “quark-gluon plasma” state of matter existed in the early universe for about 1μsec after the Big Bang and can be recreated in the laboratory by colliding heavy ions such as lead or gold nuclei at relativistic energies.
Dr. Dumitru has worked on models for high-energy particle collisions, on effective theories for the deconfined phase of QCD in terms of Polyakov loops, on the dynamics of the chiral symmetry breaking phase transition in high-energy collisions which generates the mass of particles, and on the so-called “Color Glass Condensate” theory for the gluon distribution of hadrons and nuclei at very high energy. Recently, he has worked intensely on understanding the properties of bound states of heavy quarks and anti-quarks, such as the “bottom” quark, at high temperatures. The goal is to obtain deeper insight into one of the fundamental properties of QCD: that is, the confinement of quarks in the vacuum versus their “liberation” at high temperatures.
see SPIRES high-energy physics database.