Hall B Scientific Staff Bios

Volker D. Burkert

Volker Burkert joined Jefferson Lab in 1985 as staff scientist. He worked initially on the development of the CLAS detector system, where he focused on detectors needed for high luminosity electron beam operation. In 2003 he was appointed head of the Hall B department, where he is leading a team of 40 physicists, engineers and technicians in the implementation and operation of Hall B and its unique CLAS detector system. The research with CLAS focuses on the structure of nucleons and nuclei using electromagnetic beam and polarized targets. In the early 2000 Volker developed the concept of the CLAS12 detector, which is now under construction, and will serve a large program at 12 GeV aimed at spatial and momentum imaging of the nucleon, hadron spectroscopy, and QCD effects in nuclei. Before coming to JLab, Volker received a Ph.D. from Bonn University in 1975, where he subsequently worked as a postdoc and assistant professor studying nucleon excitations, and using polarized deuteron targets. He led the effort to measure the motion of polarized electrons in a synchrotron for use in electron scattering experiments. From 1979-1982 he worked at CERN on hard scattering processes that resulted in the first determination of the proton's gluon structure function. He is author of over 200 publications in refereed journals, contributed chapters in books, and was elected Fellow of the APS in 2004. He is serving as referee for physics journals and for research funding.