Professor Sevil Salur joined Rutgers in 2011. Before coming to Rutgers, she was a researcher at UC Davis, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Yale University. She studies experimental high-energy nuclear physics and investigates the properties of strongly interacting, hot and dense matter produced at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland and the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Long Island, NY. This dense matter, a soup of quarks and gluons, was present 0.000001 seconds after the Big Bang. It is re-created by collisions of nuclei at nearly the speed of light through a phase transition similar to the way that ice cubes melt to form liquid water. Professor Salur and her research group are working to determine the quantitative properties of this quark-gluon matter. Professor Salur will be teaching an Honors Seminar “Three Minutes After the Big Bang" next Fall. .