Department of Physics
Researcher
Lecturer II
Biography

Dr. B. Mulilo is a lecturer and researcher in the Department of Physics, School of Natural Sciences at the University of Zambia. He obtained his Ph.D. in Nuclear and High Energy Physics from Korea University in Seoul, South Korea in collaboration with the RIKEN Research Institute in Japan. He is specialized in the physics research of the proton spin and quark-gluon plasma (QGP) using the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at the Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) in New York, United States. The Pioneering High Energy Nuclear Interaction eXperiment (PHENIX) is an exploratory experiment for the study of high energy collisions of protons and heavy ions, and was designed to specifically measure direct probes of the collisions such as muons, electrons, and photons. The primary goal of PHENIX is to discover and study a new state of matter known as the quark-gluon plasma. The detection with an understanding of the QGP allows us to better understand our universe in the moments after the Big Bang. Prior to his PhD, Dr. Mulilo pursued his master of science (MSc.) in experimental nuclear physics at Korea University where he carried out research towards the realization of the neutron detector array (NDA) for the RAON accelerator in South Korea. RAON is an accelerator facility, which is being designed for the study of basic sciences in nuclear and physical sciences; atomic and molecular sciences; as well as biomedical sciences. Dr. Mulilo currently constitutes the PHENIX Institution Board (IB) representing the University of Zambia in an international PHENIX collaboration currently comprising over 400 scientists and around 70 institutions globally. Dr. Mulilo is also serving as a convener of the Young Physicists Forum (YPF) in an African Strategy for Fundamental and Applied Physics (ASFAP). The main objectives of the ASFAP-YPF being not only to promote research and scientific education of young physicists on the African continent, but also probe the main scientific challenges and remedies to enable young physicists flourish in their scientific research work on the African continent.

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS:

·         Ph.D. (Department of Physics, Korea University, Seoul, South Korea in collaboration with RIKEN Research Institute, Japan).

·         MSc. (Department of Physics, Korea University, Seoul, South Korea).

·         BSc. (Department of Physics, University of Zambia).

·         Science Teachers’ Diploma (Mukuba University formally COSETCO, Kitwe).

·         Certificate (Korean Language Center, Korea University, Seoul, South Korea).

COLLABORATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS:

·         PHENIX Collaboration

·         African Strategy for Fundamental and Applied Physics (ASFAP)

·         African School of Physics (ASP)

·         Korean Physical Society (KPS)

·         Physics Society of Zambia

 

LIST OF TALKS IN ACADEMIC SEMINARS, WORKSHOPS AND CONFERENCES

1.    Status of Young Physicists Forum and the Importance for Education and Capacity Development for Africa, ACP2021 (virtual), Mohammed V University in Rabat and  Cadi Ayyad University in Marrakesh Morocco on March 7-11, 2022.

 

2.    Preliminary results from survey conducted by ASFAP— Young Physicists Forum, Young African Physicists’ Workshop – challenges and opportunities (virtual), Jan 26, 2022.

 

3.    Transverse Momentum Dependent Forward Neutron Transverse Single Spin Asymmetries in Proton-Proton Collisions at sqrt{s} = 200 GeV, ASP Online Seminar, Nov 9, 2021.

 

4.    Recent Highlights from the PHENIX Cold-QCD Physics Program 2021 (Spin Workshop), RHIC & AGS Annual Users’ Meeting 2021.

 

5.    Transverse momentum dependence of single spin asymmetries from very forward neutron production in polarized p+p collisions at sqrt{s} = 200 GeV. Workshop on forward physics and QCD with LHC, EIC, and cosmic rays, Jan 20 – 23, 2021

 

6.    PHENIX Preliminary Results of Forward Neutron Transverse Single Spin Asymmetry in p+p Collisions at sqrt{s} = 200 GeV, IWHSS2020 Conference, Trieste-Italy, 16-18 November 2020.

Research Interests

- Nuclear and High Energy Physics (HEP):

·         Proton spin

·         Quark Gluon Plasma (QGP)

Publications

 

  1. PHENIX Collaboration, “Kinematic dependence of azimuthal anisotropies in p+Au, d+Au, and 3He+Au at sNN = 200GeV”, Phys. Rev. C 105, 024901 (2022).

 

  1. PHENIX Collaboration, “Transverse single spin asymmetries of forward neutrons in p + p, p + Al, and p + Au collisions at sNN = 200 GeV as a function of transverse and longitudinal momenta”, Phys. Rev. D 105, 032004 (2022).

 

  1. PHENIX Collaboration, “Transverse-single-spin asymmetries of charged pions at midrapidity in transversely polarized p + p collisions at s = 200GeV”, Phys. Rev. D 105, 032003 (2022).

 

  1. PHENIX Collaboration, “Probing Gluon Spin-Momentum Correlations in Transversely Polarized Protons through Midrapidity Isolated Direct Photons in
    p↑+p Collisions at s = 200 GeV”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 127, 162001 (2021).

 

  1. PHENIX Collaboration, “Transverse momentum dependent forward neutron single spin asymmetries in transversely polarized p + p collisions at s = 200 GeV”, Phys. Rev. D 103, 032007 (2021).

 

  1. PHENIX Collaboration, “Transverse single-spin asymmetries of midrapidity π0 and η mesons in polarized p + p collisions at s = 200 GeV”, Phys. Rev. D 103, 052009 (2021).

 

  1. PHENIX Collaboration, “Measurement of J/ψ at forward and backward rapidity in p + p, p + Al, p + Au, and 3He +Au collisions at sNN = 200 GeV”, Phys. Rev. C 102, 014902 (2020).

 

  1. PHENIX Collaboration, “Measurement of charged pion double spin asymmetries at midrapidity in longitudinally polarized p + p collisions at s = 510 GeV”, Phys. Rev. D 102, 032001 (2020).

 

  1. PHENIX Collaboration, “J/ψ and ψ(2S) production at forward rapidity in p+p collisions at s=510 GeV”, Phys. Rev. D 101, 052006 (2020).

 

  1. PHENIX Collaboration, “Measurement of jet-medium interactions via direct photon-hadron correlations in Au + Au and d + Au Collisions at s = 200 GeV”, Phys. Rev. C 102, 054910 (2020).

 

  1. PHENIX Collaboration, “Production of π0 and η mesons in U+U collisions at sNN = 192 GeV”, Phys. Rev. C 102, 064905.

 

  1. PHENIX Collaboration, “Polarization and cross section of midrapidity J/ψ production in p+p collisions at s=510 GeV”, Phys. Rev. D 102, 072008 (2020).

 

  1. PHENIX Collaboration, “Production of bbbar at forward rapidity in p + p collisions at s = 510 GeV”, Phys. Rev. D 102, 092002 (2020).

 

  1. H. Shim et al., “Performance of the prototype neutron detectors for Large Acceptance Multi-Purpose Spectrometer at RAON”, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A, 927, 280-286 (2019)

 

  1. B. Hong et al., “Development of a large acceptance multi-purpose spectrometer in Korea for symmetry energy”, Nuclear Science and Techniques, 29, 1-9 (2018).

 

  1. B. Hong et al., “Plan for nuclear symmetry energy experiments using the LAMPS system at the RIB facility RAON in Korea”, The European Physical Journal A, 50, 1-11 (2014).

 

  1. K. Lee et al., “Source test of the prototype neutron detector for the large-acceptance multipurpose spectrometer at RAON”, Journal of the Korean Physical Society, 62, 1227-1232 (2013)

 

  1. KS Lee et al, “Neutron detectors for LAMPS experiments at RAON”, IEEE, 1-4 (2013)

 

  1. KS Lee et al., “Development of multilayered dose-verification detectors in particle therapy”, IEEE, 1-5 (2013)

 

  1. S. Lee et al., “Construction and performance of a dose-verification scintillating-fiber detector for proton therapy”, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A, 724, 6-11 (2013).
Contact Details
email: benard.mulilo@gmail.com