Centers & Labs

RIKEN Nishina Center for Accelerator-Based Science

Theory Group

Group Leader: Dmitri E. Kharzeev (Ph.D.)
Dmitri E. Kharzeev(Ph.D.)

The RIKEN BNL Research Center was established in April 1997 at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York, USA. The Center is dedicated to study of strong interactions, including hard QCD/spin physics, and RHIC physics through nurturing of a new generation of young physicist.
The theory group consists of two sub groups: perturbative QCD and phenomenological QCD. The perturbative QCD group has developed various new methods required for studying hadron structures, especially in spin physics research. The phenomenological QCD group has pioneered the researches of color superconductivity, isospin density, and small-x phenomena in extreme hadronic matters.


  • QCD, quark-gluon plasma, small x physics, heavy ion collisions
  • The spin structure of the proton
  • quantum field theory, chiral matter, chiral materials
  • chiral magnetic effect, chiral anomaly, nondissipative transport

Selected Publications

  1. M. Gluck, E. Reya, (Dortmund U.) , M. Stratmann, (Regensburg U.) , W. Vogelsang, (RIKEN BNL):
    "Models for the polarized parton distributions of the nucleon"
    Phys. Rev. D63:094005, 2001.
  2. G. Policastro, (New York U. & Pisa, Scuola Normale Superiore) , D.T. Son, (Columbia U. & RIKEN BNL) , A.O. Starinets, (New York U.):
    "The Shear viscosity of strongly coupled N=4 supersymmetric Yang-Mills plasma"
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 87:081601, 2001.
  3. R.J. Fries, Berndt Muller, C. Nonaka, (Duke U.) , S.A. Bass, (Duke U. & RIKEN BNL):
    "Hadronization in heavy ion collisions: Recombination and fragmentation of partons"
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 90:202303, 2003.
  4. Kenji Fukushima, Francois Gelis, Larry McLerran:
    "Initial Singularity of the Little Bang"
  5. A. Bazavov et al.:
    "Equation of state and QCD transition at finite temperature"
    Phys. Rev. D80:014504, 2009.
  6. Dmitri E. Kharzeev, (Brookhaven) , Larry D. McLerran, (Brookhaven & RIKEN BNL) , Harmen J. Warringa, (Brookhaven):
    "The Effects of topological charge change in heavy ion collisions: 'Event by event P and CP violation'"
    Nucl. Phys. A803:227-253, 2008.
  7. M. Cheng et al.:
    "The QCD Equation of State with almost Physical Quark Masses"
    Phys. Rev. D77: 014511, 2008.
  8. Philipp Gubler, Daisuke Jido, Toru Kojo, Tetsuo Nishikawa, Makoto Oka.:
    "Possible quantum numbers of the pentaquark \Theta^+(1540) in QCD sum rules"
  9. Y. Hidaka, T. Kojo, L. McLerran and R. Pisarski:
    "Quarkyonic Chiral Spirals"
    Nucl. Phys. A 843, 37 (2010)
  10. Eric Laenen, George F. Sterman, Werner Vogelsang:
    "Recoil and threshold corrections in short distance cross-sections"
    Phys.Rev. D63 (2001) 114018

Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Dmitri E. Kharzeev
Group Leader

Core Members

Robert Pisarski
Deputy Group Leader
Hiromichi Nishimura
RBRC Researcher
Yuya Tanizaki
Special Postdoctoral Researcher