Michael McCracken-Dept of Physics - Carnegie Mellon University

Michael McCracken

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Physics

Office: Wean Hall 8420
Phone: 412-268-2722
Fax: 412-681-0648


Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University


My research is in the field of Nuclear Physics, specifically Hadron Spectroscopy. By performing experiments at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Newport News, Virginia, I study the interaction between quarks and gluons, the fundamental components of more familiar systems such as protons, neutrons, and atomic nuclei. I am a member of both the CLAS and Glue-X Collaborations, two experiments at the forefront of nuclear physics research. My physical interests are not limited to this field, and in the future, I would like to pursue interests in other fields such as cosmological and statistical simulations and quantum information.I am also very interested in the study of physics pedagogy, specifically the efficient integration of laboratory and lecture experiences. I am excited to develop courses which introduce student to all of the facets of scientific method. My particular interests in the classroom include classical and quantum mechanics, mathematical methods, and application of computer-based simulation and analysis to problems typical of the standard physics curriculum.

Selected Publications

  • G.V. Fedotov et al. (CLAS Collaboration), Electroproduction of p π+ π- off protons at 0.2 < Q2 < 0.6-GeV2 and 1.3 < W < 1.57 GeV with CLAS, Phys. Rev. C79, 015204 (2009).
  • S.A. Morrow et al. (CLAS Collaboration), Exclusive ρ0 electroproduction on the proton at CLAS, Eur. Phys. J. A39, 5 (2009).