Zohreh Parsa, Physicist, Brookhaven National Laboratory

Prof. Dr. Zohreh Parsa has been Physicist (theory and phenomenology); Tenured Faculty; Team Leader; Author, Editor; Executive and a recognized leader in the field of Muon and Neutrino physics, kaon physics, nonlinear physics/dynamics, etc. Her Research has spanned Nuclear Physics; Particle Physics and Collider (ILC, LHC, MC, SSC) Physics and has included: Nuclear Structure within the framework of the quasiparticle - vibration coupling approach in the unified nuclear model. Topological Solitons in Physics; Multiply Charged Magnetic Monopoles; Quantum Chromodynamics; Flavor Physics; Rare Kaon Decay; Intermediate Vector Bosons, Neutrino Cosmology; Neutrino Electron Scattering theory; Non-linear physics; Muon and Neutrino Physics; LBNE; DUNE and Dark Matter Physics. Example of Projects improved/ proposed for BNL also given:

Dr. Parsa in 1998 started the Neutrino (v) Charge Parity violation (CPV) and extra Long Baseline (L, 2000 km < L < 4000 km) Neutrino (LBN) oscillation Physics and Experiment (LBNE) that envisioned sending very intense neutrino (ν) beam through the earth to a far away underground multipurpose large detector to search for Physics potentials for making precision measurements of all neutrino oscillation parameters, Proton decay and natural sources of neutrino; such as supernova. Very long distance (baseline) is the key to this approach, and provide possibility of observing multiple nodes of the neutrino oscillation probability in appearance and disappearance experiments, (L lower bound was reduced from 2000 km to 1300 km to correspond to baseline of FNAL to Homestake in earlier simulation). LBNE has been high priority fundamental Science project for over a dacade. [Protons from an accelerator e.g., BNL AGS, would hit a target (e.g., Mercury Jet), produce bursts of particles; pions decay to muons which decay to neutrinos π → μ ν; Neutrinos move on through air and earth to the detector direction]. In 2012 DOE approved LBNE with source at FNAL. Later renamed DUNE.

Dr. Parsa in 2006, proposed an "Intense Muon Facility" For Multidisciplinary Research. Focus of her LDRD (Lab Director Research and Development) proposal was first to develop an intense source of muons, 10^12 µ± /sec, from the AGS (Alternating Gradient Synchrotron), that would span a broad spectrum of disciplines ranging from nano-technology to life sciences and medical diagnostics showing all of which can be researched using muons.   And to carry out R & D directed toward the conceptual design of the intense muon research facility (that would address muon production, trapping and cooling). A major goal would be a final focus device capable of delivering Ultra-Cold Muons with better than nanometer spatial resolution to the experimental areas. Low energy, high intensity and outstanding resolution are the key features of the envisioned facility that allow novel applications, and scientific discoveries complementary to all BNL Facilities.

In 1990 Dr. Parsa started the Muon Collider Physics and Facility research at BNL, that by early 1993 led to "Muon Collider Collaboration" and grew for over a decade. Small Muon rings for Higgs Factory and Neutrino Factory also were considered. After over a decade, several Proposals and Feasability studies by 2005 the lack of Muon Cooling technology etc., stopped/ postpone the building of μ Collider at BNL (in US). [Muon Collider start with proton accelerator that generate pions (π) from a target; proceeds through phase rotation, (π → μ ν) decay channel; muon cooling; acceleration; storage in collider ring and then to a detector].

In 1985 Prof. Parsa joined the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). Shortly after she was invited on the new Booster Task force (to improve on earlier Booster accelerator design etc., that twice had failed the construction funding Reviews..). She established a compendium of computer codes and developed analytical formulas she used for Booster, SSC, etc. Dr. Parsa also was the Booster Configuration Manager and Editor of the Booster Design Manual that she completed, passed the Department of Energy's (DOE) Review and BNL Received the Booster Construction funding in 1986. Her Formulations and papers has inclueded e.g., Analytical Method For Treatment of Nonlinear Resonances In Accelerators; Accelerator Dynamics and Beam Aperture; etc. Booster makes it possible for AGS to accelerate and deliver heavy ions into the RHIC (Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider). [Booster accelerates particles (e.g. Protons and Heavy Ions), inject them into the AGS that further accelerates and inject particles into the RHIC].

Dr. Parsa developed formulations and codes used for the U.S. Superconducting Super Collider (SSC), e.g., her "Second Order Perturbation In SSC";  "Resonance Analysis For The SSC"; "Linear Aperture, Smear, Variation Of Particle Action And Beam Emittance In SSC"; "Chromatic Perturbation And Resonance Strengths In SSC" etc. [SSC a U.S. Particle Collider under construction in Texas, was officially demised in 1993].

Dr. Parsa has been Chief Scientist and U.S. Team Leader of the (State Department Funded) Projects with Former Nuclear Weapon Scientists from Russia, Ukraine (1999-2005) etc. E.g., one of her 2004 (STCU) proposal was on "Technique for Neutrino Diagnostics of the Fissile Materials in Nuclear Reactor", including antineutrino method of remote control and diagnostics of operating fast neutron reactor. [The reaction of antineutrino capture by protons (inverse beta decay) constitutes basis of the detector. By measuring energy of produced positrons, it is possible to reconstruct the corresponding antineutrino spectra.].

Professional Activities:   Professor Parsa in addition to Teaching and Research, has been: "Author"; "Referee"; "Editor" and "Editor in Chief" of scientific papers, Manuals, Newsletters, and books; Chief Scientist and Executive Science International LLC (2006- ); Member of professional organizations and collaborations. Has served as Chair, Coordinator, Developer and organizer of Research Programs and Workshops. Elected Member of Executive committee of American Physical Society NY State Section (2001-2005); Chairperson of biweekly BNL seminars 12 years (1987-1999). Elected Chair of: Digital Equipment Corporation User Society Upton Section (1986-1999) and BNL Computer Users Group 13 years; Member of Cyber Administration. etc.

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    Dr. Parsa in 1998 started the Neutrino CPV & LBNE that envisioned sending intense neutrino beam from BNL to a very Long Baseline detector, making precision measurements of v Oscillation parameters

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    Drs. Z. Parsa, W. Marciano and R. Wilson in Henderson
    (Molybdenum Mine), a proposed Underground Lab in Co.

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    Prof. Dr. Zohreh Parsa (USA), Prof. Dr. Frank Maas and his group, (Mainz, Germany) at PAVI Conference, 2014.

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    Some members of BNL's Long Baseline Neutrino Experiment (LBNE/DUNE) Team, 2014.

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    Dr. Parsa in 1990 started the Muon Collider physics, facility design & analysis, and by 1993 led to collaboration that grew over a decade.

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    Dr. Parsa and participants at the "Intermediate Neutrino Program" workshop at BNL, Feb. 2015. For Larger photo.|Click Here|

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    Front (L-to-R): Dr. Kuno (Japan), Dr. parsa (USA), and Dr. Marciano (USA). Back row, (Swiss); 2016.

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    Dr. Parsa and participants at the National Light Source II Workshop. .

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    Prof. Dr. Parsa Physicist, Tenured Faculty, and Executive.

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    Dr. Parsa & participants at the "Dark Matter" Workshop at BNL, June 2014. For Larger photo.|Click Here|

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    Dr. Parsa & participants at the "AFCI" Workshop Jan 22 to 24, 2015

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    Dr. Parsa's research span Muon Physics; Neutrino Physics; Flavor Physics; Rare Kaon Decays; Neutrino Cosmology; Dark Matter...

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    Dr. Parsa & participants at "Snowmass High Energy Frontier Workshop". For Larger Version|Click Here|

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    Dr. Parsa's research included Topological Solitons in Physics; Multiply Charged Magnetic Monopoles, Quantum Chromodynamics....

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    Muon Collider Collaboration Workshop Atlanta Front:L-R: Drs Z.Parsa BNL; K.McDonald Princeton U & Back:L Dr.A.Tollostrap FNAL

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    Dr. Parsa, BNL (center) Chair of the APS NYSS Topical Conference, with Prof. Willcheck, Princeton U (left) and Dr. Marciano, BNL (Right).

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    Prof. Dr. Zohreh Parsa has been Physicist; Tenured Faculty;Executive & Team Leader of U.S. State Department funded projects..

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    Dr. Parsa and other participants at the "Next Generation Nucleon Decay and Neutrino Detector (NNN15)" Workshop, at SUNY, NY.

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    Dr. Parsa (2nd row, center) and participants at a NNN15 session at SUNY (2015).

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    Prof. V. Zadorozhny (Ukraine) visited Dr. Parsa, BNL (right) for her yearly review of the (Ukraine team) STCU Project progress.

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    Dr. Parsa (Workshop Chair) with some of the Cadets (participants).

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    Dr. Parsa (Workshop chair) discuss the ATLAS LHC with Cadets.

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    Drs. Parsa (center) Conference chair, Larry Josbeno (left) NYSS secretary - Treasurer, and Richard Hahn (right) Conf. participant.

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    Dr. Zohreh Parsa Workshop chair (right), Dr. Praveen Chaudhari BNL Director (center) and Dr. Peter Paul (left).

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    Dr. Parsa, at the "Conference on Intersection of Particle & Nuclear Physics" (CIPANP) after dinner talk.

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    Dr. Parsa CIPANP Local Organizing committee Chair (standing) with participants at CIPANP dinner in NY City.

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    Physics Department 2015 Barbeque, Brookhaven National Lab.
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    Some of the Attendees of Brookhaven Forum (BF17) on Particle Physics and Cosmology, October 11-13, 2017.

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    Ms. Zohreh Parsa (theory) graduate student,New York University NY

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    Ms. Parsa Received M.S. Degree in Physics from NY University; and Ph.D. degree in Physics from NY Polytechnic, Doctoral Dissertation: "Topological Solitons: Vortices, Magnetic Monopoles and Instantons"

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Prof. Dr. Zohreh Parsa Physicist; PhD, M.S., B.S.

Neutrino Homepage LBNE
Dr. Parsa in 1998 started the very Long Baseline Neutrino Physics & Experiment (LBNE) e.g., showed sending intense ν beam from BNL AGS 2540km to large Detector in Homestake Gold Mine, SD allows probe of ν mixing angles, CPV & mass hierarchy providing major advance in Neutrino science. |ν|

International Linear Collider (ILC) Research continue. ILC provide Physics opportunities on Standard Model, Higgs, Supersymmetry and alternative theories beyond the Standard Model. Click: |ILC| 
v Diagnostics Neutrino Diagnostics
Dr Parsa's 2004 Proposal to US State Dept. included: Techniques for Neutrino Diagnostics of Fissile Materials in Nuclear Reactor. Including antineutrino method for remote control and diagnostics of operating the fast neutron reactor.
High Intensity μ Facility
Dr. Parsa's 2006 LDRD proposal include intense source of muons with a final focus device, for multi- disciplinary research, capable of delivering Ultra-Cold Muons with better than nanometer spatial resolution; e.g., precise treatment of brain with Ultra Cold Muons.
MC Muon Collider
Dr. Parsa in 1990 started the Muon Collider and Higgs Factory Physics and Facility at BNL. E.g., 10 TeV, 4 TeV, 3 Tev collider(s) & 0.1 TeV for Higgs Factory were considered. Interest continue.
ssc SSC
Dr. Parsa' 1986-1993 SSC (Superconducting Super Collider) Research included Collider Phys. Nonlinear Phys. & Beam Stability. SSC under construction in Texas officially was terminated in 1993.
Booster Booster Accelerator
Dr. Parsa 1985-87 Booster Task Force; Booster Config. Manager; Author:Booster Lattice, Parameter Lists; Nonlinear Physics; Editor of the Booster Design Manual that passed the DOE Review and BNL received Construction Funds 1986
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