Michael Wood

Chair, Quantitative Sciences Department


Ph.D. - Physics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.S. - Physics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.S. - Physics, The Catholic University of America

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Dr. Wood is an experimental nuclear physicist whose research projects are in the dynamics of the subatomic nucleus and in the particle nature of Dark Matter. The nucleus is a collection of protons and neutrons where each proton and neutron is made of particles called quarks. Quarks have an interesting characteristic called confinement where is a quark is knocked out of the nucleus, it uses its energy to create more quarks out of the vacuum. Dr. Wood is studying how these free quarks arrange themselves into stable, neutral composite particles. With regard to Dark Matter, its true nature remains a mystery. Dr. Wood and his collaborators are designing an experiment produce a Dark Matter particle with an electron beam.

His goal is to extend the education beyond the classroom with student research experiences. He routinely takes students to the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, a Department of Energy national laboratory in Newport News, VA. His collaborators include physicists and graduate students from the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare in Genova, Italy and the Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria in Valparaiso, Chile. Whether it is teaching in the classroom or conducting independent research, Dr. Wood gives his students the mathematical, computational, and problem solving skills to launch them into graduate school, industry, government service, or wherever their career may be.


  • NSF-RUI, “The Hadronization of the omega and f1 Mesons at Jefferson Lab ”
  • Cottrell College Science Award - Research Corporation for the Advancement of Science
  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
  • Clyde Cowan Scholarship - The Catholic University of America


Abbey Physics, Michael H. Wood and Herbert T. Wood, High School Textbook, self-published on the iTunes Store, 2013. ISBN 978-1-62847-263-9.

Collaborative Lab Reports with Google Docs, M. H. Wood, Phys. Teach. 49, 158 (2011).

Absorption of the ω and φ Mesons in Nuclei, M. H. Wood et al. (CLAS Collaboration), Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 112301 (2010).

Light Vector Mesons in the Nuclear Medium, M. H. Wood et al. (CLAS Collaboration), Phys. Rev. C 78, 015201 (2008).

Low-energy p-d Scattering: High Precision Data, Comparisons with Theory, and Phase-Shift Analyses, M. H. Wood, C. R. Brune, B. M. Fisher, H. J. Karwowski, D. S. Leonard, E. J. Ludwig, A. Kievsky, S. Rosati, and M. Viviani, Phys. Rev. C 65, 034002 (2002).