Gerald W Hoffmann

Department of Physics

Marian Harris Thornberry Centennial Professor in Mathematics or Physics | Fellow of Elizabeth B. Gleeson Professorship in Physics

Relativistic heavy ion physics


Phone: 512-471-1769

Office Location
RLM 10.222

Postal Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Department of Physics, College of Natural Sciences
1 University Station C1600
Austin, TX 78712

Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1971

Professor Hoffmann received his PhD in Experimental Nuclear Physics at UCLA in 1971. He did his experimental work using a 50 MeV cyclotron at UCLA. After receiving his PhD he joined the Physics Faculty at the University of Texas (1972). At Texas he spent the first several years doing experimental research at the University’s on campus Center for Nuclear Physics using its EN Tandem Accelerator. In the mid 1970s he took a 4 year leave of absence from the University to be an MP-10 staff member at the Los Alamos Meson Physics Facility (LAMPF). He conducted experimental research with the High Resolution Proton Spectrometer (HRS), was responsible for the operation of the HRS, and was physics liaison for HRS Users from various universities in the country. He returned to Austin in 1980 and continued research at LAMPF until 1992. In 1992 he joined the STAR [Solenoidal Tracker at RHIC (Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider)] Collaboration where he continues to work today. In recent years Professor Hoffmann’s STAR work has concentrated on Research and Development (R&D) for detector upgrades and construction projects resulting from the R&D such as the Silicon Vertex Tracker, the Large Area Time of Flight Subsystem, and the Muon Telescope Detector Subsystem.

Research Interests

Relativistic heavy ion physics

Relativistic Heavy-Ion Physics Group http://www.rhip.utexas.edu/