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Fatiha Benmokhtar

Assistant Professor
Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Fisher Hall 306
Phone: 412.396.6353


Ph.D., Rutgers University
Magister from USTHB d'Alger/with ISN de Grenoble

I work with colleagues from other universities and laboratories from all around the world in an area called Intermediate Energy Nuclear Physics. I investigate strong Quantum Chromo-Dynamics QCD (to study the structure of the proton and the neutron), nuclear structure, and physics beyond the standard model of Particle Physics. I am mainly involved in experiments at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (TJNAF) in Newport News Virginia www.jlab.org. Although the final experiments are carried at TJNAF, most of the building, testing of equipment, developments of high tech electronics and data analysis is done within a university environment.


A full list of publications (more than 100) can be found at: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Fatiha_Benmokhtar/

Selected recent publications:

1. Measurement of parity violation in electron-quark scattering. Jefferson Lab PVDIS collaboration, Nature 506, 67-70. (2014).

2. The Q_weak Experimental Apparatus. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Volume 781, Pages 105-133, (2015)

3. Measurement of Parity-Violating Asymmetry in Electron-Deuteron Inelastic Scattering. Physical Review C - Nuclear Physics Volume 91, Issue 4, Article number 045506, (2015)

4. Double Spin Asymmetries of Inclusive Hadron Electro-productions from a Transversely Polarized 3He Target. Physical Review C - Nuclear Physics Volume 92, Issue 1, Article number 015207, (2015)

5. Test of the CLAS12 RICH large scale prototype in the direct proximity focusing configuration. The European Physical Journal A (EPJA) Hadrons and Nuclei, Pages 15-23, DOI 10.1140/epja/i2016-16023-4 (2016)

6. A high-finesse Fabry-Perot cavity with a frequency-doubled green laser for precision Compton polarimetry at Jefferson Lab. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment 822, pp. 82-96 21 (2016)

Selected older publications:

1. Strange Quark Contributions to Parity-Violating Asymmetries in the Backward Angle G0 Electron Scattering Experiment. G0 Collaboration. Phys.Rev.Lett. 104 (2010) 012001

2. Probing Cold Dense Nuclear Matter. Science 320 (2008) 1476-1478

3. Measurement of the 3He(e,e'p)pn reaction at high missing energies and momenta. Phys.Rev.Lett. 94 (2005) 082305

4. The Quasielastic 3He(e,e'p)d reaction at Q2 = 1.5 GeV2 for recoil momenta up to 1GeV/c. Phys.Rev.Lett. 94 (2005) 192302


PHYS200 Essential Physics
PHYS320 Theoretical methods for the Physical Sciences
PHYS401 Thermal Physics
PHYS470 Electricity and Magnetism
PHYS482 Particle Physics
PHYS487 Problems in Physics

Memberships and Affiliations

American Physical Society (APS)
American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)
Physics Honor Society
Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility's users group