Texas Tech University

Nural Akchurin, Ph.D.

Nural Akchurin

Professor and Chair - Department of Physics and Astronomy

Office Phone: (806) 742-3767
Email: Nural.Akchurin@ttu.edu
Office: 101 Science Building


Ph.D. Physics, University of Iowa (1990)

A.B. Physics, Vassar College (1982)

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Research Interests

In the last decade, I helped develop new calorimeter technologies and build detectors for the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. The installation of the experiment is now nearly complete, and our team is poised to sift though petabytes of data using large-scale computing technologies for new physics both here at TTU and at CERN when the collider is turned on next year. Among my many physics interests, two are the production of the higgs boson through vector boson fusion and the heavy resonance searches through jets in beyond standard model theories. Both of these studies will rely on the hadronic calorimeters I helped develop and build for the CMS experiment.

Selected Publications

  • S. Abdullin et al, Design, Performance, and Calibration of the CMS Forward Calorimeter Wedges, CMS Note 2006/044 to appear in European Physics Journal C.
  • E. Yazgan et al, Search for a Standard Model Higgs Boson in CMS via Vector Boson Fusion in the H → WW* → lνlν Channel, CMS AN 2006/091 to appear in European Physics Journal C.
  • N. Akchurin et al, Separation of Scintillation and Cherenkov Light in an Optical Calorimeter, Nucl. Instr. and Meth. A550 (2005) 185-200.


Department of Physics and Astronomy