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David Hofman, PhD

Department Head and Professor



Building & Room:

2244 SES


845 West Taylor St.

Office Phone:

(312) 413-2798

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Prof. Hofman's area of scientific research is experimental high-energy nuclear physics, also often called high-energy "heavy-ion" physics. He is interested in creating and studying a new phase of matter, called the "quark gluon plasma", which is believed to have existed at the birth of our universe. This research is carried out at two large colliders, the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York and the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) accelerator at CERN in Switzerland.   The experimental nuclear physics group's research at RHIC is carried out within the STAR collaborations and their research at the LHC is carried out within the CMS collaboration.  Professor Hofman was also a member of the PHOBOS collaboration, which measured p+p, d+Au, Cu+Cu, and Au+Au collisions at RHIC, and the E917 collaboration, which measured relativistic Au + Au collisions at 6, 8 and 10.8 AGeV at the AGS.

Selected Publications

  • “Transverse-momentum and pseudorapidity distributions of charged hadrons in pp collisions at 7 TeV”, Physical Review Letters 105, 022002 (2010)
  • “Scaling properties in bulk and pT-dependent particle production near midrapidity in relativistic heavy ion collisions”, Phys. Rev. C – Rapid Communications 80, 011901(R) (2009)
  • “Identified charged antiparticle to particle ratios near midrapidity in Cu+Cu collisions at 62.4 and 200 GeV”, Phys. Rev. C – Rapid Communications 77, 061901(R) (2008)
  • “CMS Physics Technical Design Report: Addendum on High Density QCD with Heavy Ions”, J. Phys. G: Nucl. Part. Phys. 34, 2307 (2007)
  • “Collision Geometry Scaling of Au+Au pseudorapidity density from 19.6 to 200 GeV”, The PHOBOS Collaboration, Phys. Rev. C 70, 021902(R) (2004)


BS, Physics (1987), Hope College

PhD, Physics (1994) , Suny Stony Brook Main Campus