I have two different research areas: Experimental High Energy Physics and Computational Biophysics.
In Experimental High Energy Physics, my main focus is development of new detector technologies. The students working with me are actively involved in hadronic calorimeter construction and upgrade studies for the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) project. As a part of CMS Hadronic Forward Calorimeter upgrades, we have completed Photomultiplier Tube characterizations, currently we work on developing radiation hard scintillating glass for CMS Hadronic Endcap calorimeter upgrades.
Since Coe Physics department has state of the art glass research facilities, we focus on developing glass based detectors. Students doing research with me recently are working on high density glass based proton imaging device for medical applications, and borosilicate glass based neutron detector design for homeland security.
My second research area is Computational Biophysics studies on membrane proteins. The students working on these projects develop computational skills on modeling proteins from X-Ray diffraction data, and performing data analysis. The computational physics experiments on these models reveal their working mechanism and details of their function. The information obtained from these studies is used for computer aided drug design efforts. Students doing research with me recently are working on Cardiovascular Drug recruitment by P-Glycoproteins, and water conduction through AQP0 - CaM system.
The students working for me are part of international efforts and present their work in collaboration meetings as well as national conferences.
- Q. Xie, J. Schletzbaum, and U. Akgun, "High Density Scintillating Glass Calorimeter", Accepted for publication by Journal of Instrumentation, Jan 2014.
- S. Feller and U. Akgun, "A New Glassy State Of Matter: The Color Glass Condensate", International Journal of Applied Glass Science 4 , 1-4, 2013.
- U. Akgun, E.A. Albayrak, Y. Onel "CMS Hadronic Endcap Calorimeter Upgrade R&D Studies" Physics Procedia 37, 238 – 243, 2012.
- U. Akgun et al., “Quartz Plate Calorimeter Prototype With Wavelength Shifting Fibers”, Journal of Instrumentation, JINST_002P_0412, 2012.
- U. Akgun and Shahram Khademi, "The Periplasmic Vestibule Plays Important Role for Solute Recruitment, Selectivity, and Gating in Rh/Amt/MEP Superfamily", Proceedings of National Academy of Science, PNAS, 108 (10) 3970-3975, 2011.
- U. Akgun et al. "Boron and Thermal Neutron Interactions on Borosilica Window Photomultiplier Tubes", Journal of Instrumentation, JINST 5 P08005, 2010.
- U. Akgun et al. "CMS Hadronic EndCap Calorimeter Upgrade Studies for SLHC Pterphenyl Deposited Quartz Plate Calorimeter Prototype", IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, Volume 57, Issue 2, 754-759, 2010.