Volker Burkert is the Jefferson Lab Hall B leader. He is responsible for leading a team of 40 physicists, engineers and technicians in the implementation and operation of Hall B and its unique CEBAF Large Acceptance Spectrometer detector package and for shaping Hall B's physics program.
Before coming to JLab in 1985, Dr. Burkert conducted research at the University of Bonn, where he began his research career studying nucleon excitations involving high energy polarized electron beams and/or polarized hydrogen and deuterium targets in 1976 as a postdoc. He remained there as a postdoc and then assistant professor until 1985. In 1979-1981, Dr. Burkert also performed research at CERN in a program focused on hard hadronic processes with high transverse momenta. This research resulted in the first direct determination of the gluon structure function of the proton. Dr. Burkert came to JLab in 1985, where he was involved with the development, construction and operation of the CEBAF Large Acceptance Spectrometer (CLAS). He was appointed hall leader in 2003. In this capacity, Dr. Burkert leads a research program focused on the experimental study of the structure of protons, neutrons and nuclei using high energy electron and photon beams, polarized and unpolarized hydrogen and deuterium targets and the CLAS detector system.
Dr. Burkert received his Ph.D. from the University of Bonn, Germany in 1975. He has authored and coauthored about 200 scientific papers and has served on numerous international advisory committees and organizing committees for conferences and workshops, including co-organizing several meetings. He is a member of the American Physical Society (APS) and was elected Fellow of the APS in 2004 for experimental research in the area of strong QCD and confinement, especially studies of nucleon excitations, their transition form factors, and the nucleon spin response in the resonance region.
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