SOUTHFIELD—A Lawrence Technological University physics professor has won a three-year, $179,997 grant from the National Science Foundation to model the behavior of superheated “soups” of subatomic particles that were formed in the earliest moments after the Big Bang.

The ultimate goal, according to George Moschelli, assistant professor of physics in the LTU College of Arts and Sciences, is a better understanding what’s called the strong nuclear force.

The grant will fund theoretical modeling of the properties of quark-gluon plasma, a hot and dense soup of quarks and gluons, the elementary particles that are most affected by the strong nuclear force.

Moschelli’s work will focus on theoretical methods for modeling the expansion and cooling of quark-gluon plasma created by collisions in huge particle colliders. The methods will help guide future research into the behavior of these elementary particles.

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