WSU-PDA May Meeting and Spotlight Presentation 2020

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Date: May 14, 2020
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Student Center #384
Category: Meeting

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WSU-PDA Monthly Meeting April 2020

Hello Postdoc Fellows,

Please come and join us for our Monthly Postdoc Meeting!

Our February Postdoc Meeting of will start with a Postdoc Spotlight.

This time we are excited to have Dr. Raghav Kunnawalkam Elayavalli sharing their research and experiences with us!

Please see below for more information and RSVP by Wednesday, April 9, 2020 to Marufa Rumman at

Hope to see you all there!

Date: Thursday, May 14, 2020

Time: 12 to 2 pm

Location: Student Center Room #384

Dr. Raghav Kunnawalkam Elayavalli

Physics Department

Wayne State University


Dr. Raghav Kunnawalkam Elayavalli received his PhD from Rutgers University and came to Wayne State University in November 2017. As a member of the Relativistic Heavy Ion group at Wayne, mentored by Prof. Joern Putschke, the primary goal of his research is to understand a novel state of matter called the Quark Gluon Plasma (QGP). The QGP is produced in high energy heavy ion collisions at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) facility located at the Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). Such a state of matter is also expected to have existed in the early universe a few micro seconds after the big bang and thus we aim to study its production, properties, and evolution. For his research, he utilizes data from the STAR experiment to study the QGP that is produced in collisions of gold on gold-ions (AA) by comparing them to proton on proton (pp) collisions. The idea is related to the understanding that we do not produce the QGP in pp collisions and therefore any differences we see in comparisons are solely attributed to the QGP in AA. His expertise is in the use and utility of jets, reconstructed collections of particles that emanate from the collision, to extract transport properties of the QGP. His lab compares inherent properties of jets from AA collisions to their counterpart in pp collisions and from those modifications, we extract medium interactions. The community (including his PhD work) have studied this phenomenon of jet modification specifically called jet quenching, wherein the jet that propagates through the QGP loses energy and their internal fragments are subsequently modified. His work at Wayne was to expand the dimensionality of these comparisons to not just the overall jet energy or the internal energy distributions, but to include the lateral size of the jets or their opening angle. The title of his presentation will be “Studying the early universe in the laboratory”.

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