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Dr. Bjoern Seitz
Contact Information

School of Physics & Astronomy
Kelvin Building, Room 515a
University of Glasgow
Glasgow, G12 8QQ
Scotland, UK

Telephone: +44 (0)141 330 5118


Dr. Bjoern Seitz

I studied Physics at the Georg August University of Goettingen, Germany, home of quite a few important physicists in the past (Max Born and James Franck, to name just two). I wrote my diploma and PhD thesis on doubly polarized pion photon production in the group of (now retired) Prof. Dr. M. Schumacher at the II. Physikalisches Institut.
These experiments were linked towards the then so called spin crisis of the nucleon and got me interested into this problem leading to my first position as a research associate at the Centre of Subatomic Physics at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.
In these times it was realized that a new theoretical framework, so called Generalized Parton Distributions, would give an even deeper insight into the structure of the nucleon. As these are complicated objects, clever experiments are needed to provide the data to extract these functions. It was one of the extensions of the HERMES Spectrometer - the HERMES recoil detector aiming at measuring exactly these reaction constraining GPDs which brought me back to Germany to pursue a Habilitation in the group of Prof. Dr. M. Dueren at the II. Physikalisches Institut at the University of Giessen (also well know for physicists (e.g. Roentgen), but more for an astounding chemist (Liebig)).
From there I moved to my present position at the University of Glasgow concentrating my research on hard exclusive reactions in the time-like and space-like domain with experiments carried out in the PANDA and HERMES collaborations as well as several future experiments at Jefferson Lab.

Research Interests

My main research interests focus on revealing the spin structure of the nucleon and describing the nucleons internal structure in terms of a new class of functions called Generalized Parton Distributions. These new functions aim at providing a complete description of the nucleon. They are accessible in a variety of experiments, both in the space-like and time-like domain. This is where my experimental activities focus - the HERMES Experiment at DESY in Hamburg, Germany and the PANDA Experiment at GSI close to Darmstadt, Germany. While HERMES is successfully taking data using a recently completed recoil detector, PANDA is an experiment under construction. The work of our group concentrates on Particle Identification Detectors. We are especially interested in building a new type of detector based on the production of Cherenkov light within a thin, transparent plate of material and in a more conventional design, a RICH detector.You can learn more about these project either on other pages of this site, by following the link to my personal homepage or by just contacting me.

 Date generated: 24/9/2018

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