Prof. Umesh Garg
B.Sc, Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, India (1972)
M.Sc., Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, India (1974)
M.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook, New York(1975)
Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook, New York (1978)
Prof. Garg’s current research interests include experimental investigation of compressional-mode giant resonances and exotic quantal rotation in nuclei.
Giant resonances are highly collective states of nuclear vibration. The compressional-mode giant resonances provide the only direct experimental measurement of the nuclear incompressibility, a fundamental property of nuclear matter that is crucial to understanding of a number of nuclear and astrophysical phenomena, including strength of collapse in supernovae explosions, collective-flow in high-energy heavy ion collisions, and properties of neutron stars—the “largest nuclei” that exist in nature. Prof. Garg’s group has been investigating the Isoscalar Giant Dipole Resonance, an exotic compressional-oscillation, also referred to as the “squeezing mode”.
The atomic nuclei exhibit a number of interesting and exciting phenomena at large angular momenta viz. shape transitions, quenching of superfluid behavior, order-to-chaos transitions, etc. These effects are studied through the gamma-ray de-excitation of the nucleus following heavy-ion reactions. In recent years, Prof. Garg’s group has investigated the exotic processes of chiral rotation (yes, the nuclei can be left- or right-handed!) and “anti-magnetic” rotation in nuclei.
- Fellow of the American Physical Society
- Fulbright Specialist Award, 2015-
- Guest Professor, Peking University, China, 2015-
- Adjunct Professor, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India, 2014-
- JSPS Fellow, RIKEN, Japan, 2012
- PKU Fellow, Peking University, China, 2012
- EMMI Visiting Professor, GSI, Germany, 2011
- Guest scientist at the Argonne National Laboratory (since 1983)
- Recipient of the 2006 Kaneb Award for Excellence in Teaching
- Recipient of the inaugural Terrence Akai Award for Service to International Students
- Director of the Department of Physics Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program (since 2000)