Dr. Ruben Sandapen

My research is in particle physics phenomenology, which means that I use theoretical models to understand the experimental data from various particle colliders around the world, like the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). I am particularly interested in the strong force which binds quarks and gluons together in hadrons, as well as protons and neutrons together in the atomic nucleus.

I am a member of the Atlantic Canada Particle Theory Group which comprises both faculty and student researchers from Acadia University, Mount Allison University and the Grenfell campus of Memorial University. For an overview of our research, see my recent talk I gave at the Canadian Institute of Particle Physics town hall meeting.

In the past, I collaborated with physicists from the University of Manchester in the UK. Currently, I am also collaborating with researchers in India and China. My research is currently funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). For a list of my research papers, visit this page. Also see my recent conference talk at the Ecole Polytechnique in France.

I have supervised many undergraduate research theses at Acadia and at Mount Allison.  Acadia undergraduate students interested in particle physics research can contact me. Our group also has a new graduate program in theoretical physics at the Grenfell Campus of Memorial University. If you are interested in applying to complete a M.Sc. or Ph.D. with the Atlantic Canada Particle Theory Group, please contact Svetlana Barkanova.

I mostly teach theory courses at Acadia: Quantum Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Statistical Physics, Cosmology and General Relativity, Electromagnetism and Subatomic Physics.

I am passionate about science outreach in Nova Scotia and in my country of origin, Mauritius. Please contact me for outreach talks on particle physics.

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