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WSU Collaborative Research Team – CERN


A team of Wayne State University professors are part of an elite team of researchers in Switzerland at CERN — the European Organization for Nuclear Research — to conduct experimental research in high-energy nuclear physics. The WSU team includes professors Claude Pruneau, Joern Putschke, Sergei Voloshin, William Llope and Rosi Reed.

At CERN, physicists and engineers are part of a global network that’s probing the fundamental structure of the universe. The hope is that by having a better understanding of the world, we stand to gain a greater appreciation that may enable us to harness some of its “powers” in balance with a respect of nature’s limitations.

“Symmetrics are the cornerstone of all physics theories,” Voloshin said. “They govern the laws of physics and determine the form of mathematical description. A better understanding of these symmetries and the degree by which symmetry is broken would expand our knowledge of how the universe works.”


“Professor Voloshin’s work has opened new possibilities in the international effort to understand how the universe began,” said Ratna Naik, Ph.D., professor and chair of physics and astronomy at Wayne State.

Members of the WSU team are involved in two international organizations named ALICE (CERN) and STAR (Brookhaven National Lab, New York). Both are virtual networks involving some of the best physicists, engineers and students from many ethnic backgrounds and diverse age groups around the globe who are working on some of the world’s most elite scientific issues. Countries represented in these organizations include the United States, England, France, Germany, Italy, China, Japan, India and several others.