Dr. Pete E.C. Markowitz


Department of Physics and

Office: CP 209     Lab: CP 186

Honors Fellow

Tel: (305) 348-1710

Florida International University

Fax:      (305) 348-6700

Miami, Fl 33199

E-mail: markowit@fiu.edu

Check out the current issue of "Physical Review Focus" to see what is new and cool in Physics!


You might also be interested in checking out the Astronomy "Picture of the Day" web site at NASA. Each day has a different photo and brief explanation.

Fall 2018 Courses:

   PHY 3106, "Modern Physics"

   Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30-10:45 am, GC 283A Office hours T,Th 1:00-2:30 pm or anytime by appointment. Syllabus available within Canvas.

   IDH 1001, "Honors Seminar I"

   Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00-12:15 am, GC 280 (T) and CP 115 (Th) Office hours T,Th 1:00-2:30 pm or anytime by appointment. Syllabus available within Canvas.

   PHY 4905 "Independent Study"


   PHY 6939 "Graduate Research"


   PHY 7981 "Ph.D. Dissertation"


Research Interests:

Electromagnetic Production of Strangeness and few-body form factors

The interaction of an electron and an atomic nucleus is well understood, described by QED (Quantum Electrodynamics). However the interactions of the constituents of the atomic nucleus are less well understood. By using a probe of known interaction type, we can isolate the part of the reaction we do not know.

The Experimental Nuclear Physics Group here at FIU is focussed mostly on work with how quarks in few-body systems behave. I am co-spokesman of a series of experiments ( E94-107, E98-108, and E07-012) at Jeffersons Lab's experimental Hall A exploring how strange quarks are produced and how simple particles containing strange quarks behave. A good list of on-line references is available which describes the theoretical efforts to predict this behavior and past attempts to measure that same behavior.

Elementary Particle Physics

On July 4 2012, the CMS and ATLAS experiments announced the discover of a new particle, which we now know to the the Higgs boson. At FIU, I am the spokesperson of Center for High Energy Physics, Education and Outreach, CHEPREO. CHEPREO is part of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC).   The CMS detector is a general purpose spectrometer designed to run at the highest luminosity at the LHC, which will collide beams of high energy protons into each other. It is also well adapted for studies at the initially lower luminosities. The CMS Collaboration consists of over 2680 scientists and engineers from 182 institutes in 42 countries. The main design goals of CMS are:

  1. a high performance muon detection system,
  2. the best possible electromagnetic calorimetry for electrons/positrons
  3. high quality central tracking
  4. hermetic calorimetry

Professor Reinhold has compiled a page for students to learn about nuclear and particle physics. It should be of general interest.

send email to: markowit@fiu.edu