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Dr. Laurence Tarini

Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics

Office: MAK B-4223
Department of Physics
Tel: 616-331-5043
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  • Ph.D. in Physics, Wayne State University, 2011.
  • M. A.. in Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley, 1987.
  • B. A. in Mathematics, Columbia University, 1984.

Professional Experience
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics, Grand Valley State University, Aug. 2011 - Present.

  • PHY 220, General Physics I (with Labs), 2011, 2012.
  • PHY 221, General Physics II (with Labs), 2013.

Research Interests
Analysis of long-range two-particle correlations in relative pseudorapidity and azimuthal angle for Au+Au 200 GeV center-of-mass energy relativistic heavy ion collisions. The collisions are created by the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory. The resulting particle data is then collected by the Time Projection Chamber (TPC) of the STAR (Solenoidal Tracker at RHIC) detector. The physical motivation of the analysis is to investigate certain enhanced long-range correlations—known colloquially as “the ridge”— as a phenomenon of fluctuating initial conditions followed by radial flow.

Recent Publications
  1. “Two-particle number and transverse momentum correlations in Au+Au collisions at √sNN = 200 GeV” target journal Physical Review, Principal authors: C. Pruneau, M. Sharma, L. Tarini, S. A. Voloshin.
  2. STAR collaboration shared authorship since January 2007

Awards and Honors
  • Summer Dissertation Fellowship, Wayne State University, 2010
  • Earle C. Anthony Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley, 1984
  • Summa cum laude, Columbia University 1984

Professional Service
  • Feb/Mar 2011 - STAR shift crew leader, BNL, 3 weeks
  • Apr 2010 - STAR shift crew leader, detector operator, BNL, 1 week each
  • Apr 2009 - STAR shift crew leader trainee, detector operator, BNL, 1 week each
  • May 2007 - STAR shift crew detector operator, BNL, 2 weeks
  • June/August 2006 - Fermilab CDF “Ace” shift crew operator, 12 weeks
  • 2010 WSU Dept. of Physics and Astronomy Graduate Research Day committee
  • 2009 WSU Dept. of Physics and Astronomy Graduate Research Day committee
  • 2009 WSU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) Merit Review committee

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