Taylan Akdoğan (Professor of Physics)

Ph.D.: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2003)

Areas of Interest

Dr. Akdoğan’s recent work is in the area of intermediate-energy nuclear physics. He works toward uncovering the structure of nucleons and few-nucleon systems using electromagnetic and hadronic probes as an experimental tool. He participated several experiments at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) and the MIT-Bates Linear Accelerator Center. His recent work involves:

  • interaction of few-nucleon systems,
  • inelastic processes in nucleon-nucleon systems,
  • electromagnetic structure of few-nucleon systems.
He is also actively involved in artificial neural networks and simulation of neuron clusters on distributed computers.

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Akdoğan received his undergraduate degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering from Boğaziçi University in 1995. In 1998, as a graduate student at the University Pittsburgh, he worked on DONUT experiment at the Fermi National Laboratory in US which made the first direct observation of tau-neutrino (press release). He received Ph.D. degree in physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the area of experimental nuclear physics in 2003 with a thesis titled pion production in the neutron-proton interactions. He continued his research at MIT Laboratory for Nuclear Science as a postdoctoral associate from 2003 to 2004 and contributed to the BLAST program at MIT-Bates Laboratory which studied the electromagnetic structure of the nucleons and deuteron as well as contributing several experiments at LANSCE utilizing neutron beam to study the nucleon-nucleon systems. He was promoted to research scientist at MIT in 2004. He became a full time faculty of the Department of Physics at Boğaziçi University in 2006 as an assistant professor, and he was promoted to associate professor in 2008.

Selected Publications

  • E. Ertan, T. Akdogan, M.B. Chantgeev; et al., Cross sections of neytron-deuteron elastic scattering in the energy range 135-250 MeV, Phys. Rev. C 87, 034003, 2013, (nucl-ex/1211.5243)
  • C. Zhang, M. Kohl, T.Akdogan; et al., Precise measurement of deuteron tensor analyzing powers with BLAST, Phys. Rev. Lett., 107, 252501, 2011
  • C Crawford, T. Akdogan, R. Alarcon; et al., Role of mesons in the electromagnetic form factors of the nucleon, Phys. Rev. C 82, 045211, 2010
  • Hassel D, Akdogan T; et al., "The Blast Experiment", Nuclear Instrumentations and Methods in Physics Research A, 603, 247-262, 2009
  • E. Geis, M. Kohl, V. Ziskin; et al., Charge Form factor of the Neutron at Low Momentum Transfer from \vec{2H}(\vec{e}, e’p) 1H, Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 042501, 2008.