Prof. Abhay Deshpande’s Research

PHENIX Experiment at RHIC/BNL

Collaborator 2000-present


Experimental investigations of nucleon spin (polarized gluons and anti-quarks) & QCD using high energy collisions of polarized proton-proton & other nuclei provided by the  Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) employing the PHENIX Detector.  Some recent publications involving significant contributions from our group are listed below:

The property of “spin” has played a crucial role in the development of our understanding of physics in the past 100 years. In fact, arguably, the 20th century could be called the “Century of Spin Surprises”

“Spin” has also played a central role in Prof. Deshpande’s research.


Electron Ion Collider (EIC)

Collaborator & Promoter 1999-present, Project Coordinator 2002-present


A high luminosity high energy polarized electron-proton and electron-nucleus collider being proposed and discussed in the US nuclear science community. This will allow precision studies of QCD and the nucleon spin including its quark-gluon contributions.


Collaborator Since 1998-2002


Collaborator Since 1995-2000


Experimental investigations of nucleon structure & QCD using collisions of 27 GeV (polarized) electrons & positrons and (unpolarized) 900 GeV proton beams using the ZEUS detector at DESY.

Experimental investigations of nucleon spin employing the 200 GeV polarized muon beam colliding with polarized proton and deuteron target at CERN.

BNL-E851 Experiment At BNL

Ph.D. Experiment, Yale University, 1990-1994

Experimental investigations of rare kaon decays using the E777/E851 Experimental apparatus. Measurements of two rare decays: K+ decay in to pi+ e+ e- and pi0 decay (from a charged K+) in to an e+ e-