Professor Charles B. Chiu

UT, Dept. of Physics,  512-471-1707(office), 512-340-0292(cell), 512-471-9637(fax),    Email:,  (update: 7/27/13)


 I. Education:

Seattle Pacific College


B.Sc, summa cum laude


  Physics & Math

University of   California

Berkeley, Calif.



  High Energy Physics

II. Carrier Position:

Postdoctoral Fellow

Theory, Lawrence Rad. Lab, Berkely, California


Visiting Scientist

Theory, CERN, Geneva, Switzerland


Senior Research Fellow

Cavendish Lab, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England


Research Fellow

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California


Faculty Member

Center for Particle Theory, U of Texas at Austin


Assistant Professor

Department of Physics, U of Texas at Austin


Associate Professor

Department of Physics, U of Texas at Austin


Visiting Professor

Max Planck Inst. for Phys. & Astrophys, Munich, Germany



Department of Physics, U of Texas at Austin


UT Distinguished Teaching Professor

UT Academy of Distinguished Teachers


Affiliated faculty member

Institute for Fusion Studies, U of Texas at Austin

1998 -2004

Faculty Member

Center for Particles and Fields, U of Texas at Austin


III. Teaching Awards:

Teaching Excellence Award

College of Natural Science


President’s associates Teaching Excellence Award

University of Texas at Austin


Marian-Harris Thornberry Centennial Professorship

College of Natural Science


Special Award for Excellence in Teaching

UT College of Engineering


Dad’s Association Centennial Teaching Fellowship

University of Texas at Austin


Friar Centennial Teaching Fellow

University of Texas at Austin


 UT Academy of Distinguished Teaching Professor

University of Texas at Austin


IV. Selected papers in Research

Dr. Chiu did his doctoral work in high energy experimental physics. After he completed his dissertation he joined the theory group at Lawrence Radiation to pursue his research work in particle physics phenomenology. Dr. Chiu has published over 140 journal papers and several review articles.  Selected papers among his publications in the various fields are included below.


High Energy Experimental Physics: Thesis, 1966.

Pion-Proton Charge Exchange Scattering from 500 to 1300 MeV" (with others), Phys. Rev. 156, 1415 (1967).  Thesis work


Theoretical Particle Physics: Selected papers

·         Particle Theory:

1)       F. Arbab and C. CHIU, Association between the Dip in the pi- p à pi0 n High  Energy Angular  Distribution and the Zero of the r Trajectory, Phys. Rev. 147, 1045 (1966).

2)       C. CHIU and J. Stack,   Regge Pole Model for High Energy Backward pi+ p Scattering, Phys. Rev. 153, 1575 (1967).

3)       C. CHIU and J. Finkelstein, A Hybrid Model for Elastic Scattering, Nuovo  Cimento 57A,  649 (1968).

4)       C. CHIU and J. Finkelstein, Restrictions on SU(3) Mixing Implied by Exchange Degeneracy, Physics Letters 27B, 510 (1968).

5)       C. CHIU, Nonforward Scattering of Hadrons and High Energy Phenomenology, Rev. Mod. Phys. 41, 649 (1969)

6)       C. CHIU, Evidence for Regge Poles and Hadron Collision Phenomena at High Energies, Annual Reviews of Nuclear Science, 22, 1972.

7)       T. E. Kalogeropoulos, C. CHIU and E. C. G. Sudarshan, Experimental Confirmation of the Parity of the Antiproton, Phys. Rev. Letters 37, 1037 (1976)

·          Unstable Quantum system:

1)       C. CHIU, B. Misra and E. C. G. Sudarshan,  Time Evolution of Quantum Unstable System and a Resolution to the Zeno's Paradox, Phys. Rev. D16, 520 (1977).

2)       C. CHIU, B. Misra and E.C.G. Sudarshan, The Time Scale for the Quantum Zeno Paradox and Proton Decay,  Phys. Letters 117B, 34 (1982).

3)       C. CHIU and E. C. G. Sudarshan, Decay and Evolution of the Neutral Kaon, Phys. Rev. D42, 3712 (1990).

4)       C. CHIU,  E. C.G. Sudarshan and G. Bhamathi,Hamiltonian Model for the Higgs Resonance Phys. Rev. 45D,  884 (1992).

5)       C. CHIU,  E. C.G. Sudarshan and G. Bhamathi, The Cascade Model: A Solvable Field Theory, Phys. Rev. D46, 3508 (1992).

6)       C. CHIU and E. C.G. Sudarshan, A Theory for the Neutral Kaon System", in “A Gift of Prophecy”, ed. by E. C.G. Sudarshan, World Scientific Publishing Company, Singapore (1994), pp. 81-106.  

7)       E. C. G. Sudarshan, C. CHIU and G. Bhamathi,  Unstable Systems in Generalized Quantum Theory,  Advances in Chemical Physics vol XCIX, John Wiley Sons, 1997, p121-244.  

·         Quantum Mechanics

o    E. C.G. Sudarshan, C. CHIU,  and G. Bhamathi,"Generalized Uncertainty Relations and Characteristic Invariants for Multimode States" (with E. C. G. Sudarshan and G. Bhamathi), Phys. Rev. A52, 43 (1995).


Laser-plasma physics:  Selected papers

For more details: see the link under full publicationlist:

1)       B. Hu, W. Horton, C. CHIU. and T. Petrosky, "Coulomb Scattering in a Strong Magnetic Field", Phys. Plasmas 9, 1116 (2002).

2)       H. Horton and C. CHIU, "Laser Z-pinch dipole-target experiments to simulate space physics acceleration processes", Phys. Plasmas 11, 1645 (2004).

3)       M. Fomyts'kyi, C. CHIU, M. C. Downer, F. Grigsby, "LWFA with Low Energy Raman Seeded Pulses," Proceedings of Advanced Accelerator Concept 2004, Stony Brook, July 2004.

4)       M. Fomyts’kyi, B. N. Breizman, A. V. Arefiev, C. CHIU, “Harmonic generation in clusters,” Phys. Plasmas 11, 3349 (2004).

5)       C. CHIU, M. Fomytskyi, F.  Grigsby, R. M. Raischel, M. C. Downer and Tajima T, "Laser electron accelerators for radiation medicine:  a feasibility study," Med. Phys. 31, 2042 (2004). Selected for the July 2004 issue of Virtual Journal of Utrafast Science.

6)       K. K. Kainz, K. R. Hogstrom, J. A. Antolak, P. R. Almond, C. D. Bloch, C. CHIU, M. Fomyts'kyi, F. Raischel, M C Downer, T. Tajima, "Dose properties of a laser accelerated electron beam and prospects for clinical application,"  Med. Phys. 31, 2053 (2004). Recipient of the AAPM's Farrington Daniels Award as one of the top papers published in that journal during 2004, presented at the Americal Association of Physicists in Medicine Meeting, July 25, 2005.

7)       M. Fomyts'kyi, C. CHIU, M. C. Downer, F. Grigsby, "Controlled plasma wave generation and particle acceleration through seeding of the forward Raman scattering instability," Physics of Plasmas 12, 1 (2005)

8)       W. Horton, C. CHIU and T. Ditmire, "Laboratory Simulation of Bow Shocks and Magnetospheres", Proceedings of HEDLA Conference, Tucson, AZ, 2004; published in Astrophysics and Space Science, 298, 395 (2005).

9)       W. Horton, C. CHIU, T. Ditmire, P. Valanju, R. Presura, T. Cowan, V. Ivanov, N. Le Galloudec, "Laboratory Simulation of Magnetospheric Plasma Shocks", Advances in Space Research, Volume 39, Issue 3, 2007, Pages 358-369.


Relativistic heavy ion physics. Selected papers

1)       C. CHIU and R. C. Hwa, “Pedestal and Peak Structure in Jet Correlation” Phys. Rev. C 72, 034903 (2005) ; arXiv:nucl-th/0505014.

2)       C. CHIU and R. C. Hwa, “Autocorrelation of hadrons in jets produced in heavy-ion collisions”, Phys. Rev. C 73, 014903 (2006) ; arXiv:nucl-th/0510055.

3)       Charles B. Chiu, Rudolph C. Hwa, “Suppression of statistical background in the event structure of away-side \Delta\phi distribution”,  Acta Phys.Polon.B39:911-922,2008; arXiv:nucl-th/0605054.

4)       C. CHIU and R. C. Hwa, “Away-side distribution in a parton multiple scattering model and background-suppressed measures”,Nucl.Phys. A783 (2007) 531-534;  arXiv:nucl-th/0608077

5)       C. CHIU and R. C. Hwa,  Away-side azimuthal distribution in a Markovian parton scattering model”, Phys. Rev. C74, 064909(2006); arXiv:nucl-th/0609038.

6)       C.CHIU and R C. Hwa, “Particles associated with Ω produced at intermediate pT”, Phys. Rev. C 76, 024904 (2007) ; arXiv:0704.2616.

7)       C. CHIU, R. C. Hwa, C. B. Yang, “Azimuthal Anisotropy: Ridges, Recombination and Breaking of Quark Number Scaling”,  Phys. Rev. C 78,  044903 (2008); arXiv: 0801.2183 (Revised version)

8)       C. CHIU and R. C. Hwa, “Dependence of Ridge Formation on Trigger Azimuth: Correlated Emission Model”, Phys.Rev.C79:034901, 2009; arXiv:0809.3018.

9)       C. Chiu, Small-x gluon modified minijet model for pp & pbarp total cross sections at high energies, (based on M. F. 

Cheung dissertation work, talk given at Hwa Fest, Seatle, Washington, 2012.

10)   C. Chiu and R. C. Hwa, Ridge and Transverse Correlation without Long-Range Longitudinal correlation.

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Hadron Physics and QCD: Supervised dissertations in hadron physics based on QCD motivated models. In parallel with the heavy ion collision work, Dr. Chiu was also very involved in QCD related research, especially in the area of high energy phenomenology based on QCD models and the solution to the BK-equation based on Monte Carlo simulations. During the operiod from 2006 to 2011, he supervised two doctorate dissertations.  .

o    The dissertation of Man Fung Cheung is on “Gluon Propagator in Classical Color Field of Colliding Hadrons and its Implications for Hadronic Cross Sections.

o    The dissertation of Matt Haley is on “Traveling Waves and Impact Parameter Correlations in QCD beyond the 1D Approximation.”

Other fields:

Artificial Intelligence (85-88):  Selected paper

o    B. Kuipers, C. CHIU, D. Dalle Molle & D. Throop, Artif. Intell. 51, 343 (1991).

Acoustic Agglomeration:  (94-96)

o    C. CHIU and J. A. Edwards, “Fractal Dynamics in Orthokinetic acoustic agglomeration process”, Phys. Rev. E54, 3036 (1996)

Physics Education:

1)       Charles CHIU, “Augmenting large class teaching using the Classtalk system and web”,  JingShin theoretical Physics Symposium in honor of Professor Ta-You Wu”, ed. by J. P. Hsu and L. Hsu, World Scientific, 1998.

2)       Wireless response technology in college classrooms, by H. Arthur Woods and Charles CHIU (Originally appeared at online journal: The Technology Source. See also

3)       Teaching engineering physics  at UT by CHIU (

4)       Interactive Teaching support project , the classtalk project (1995-Spring05,):  Partially supported by an AT&T Grant (1996),    by an eInstruction grant (2003-04), by UT Physics Dept., by UT College of Natural Science. Collaborated with Center of Instructional Technology and Center for Teaching Effectiveness. See also:


Development of  303LM&I curriculum. see the overview link (fourth bullet) in

§  In the academic year 2009-2010, Dr. Chiu pioneered the use of this curriculum at UT in one 303K section in fall09 and in one 303L in spring10.

§  In 2010-2011 the use of M&I curriculum was expanded significantly. Professor Harry Swinney was particularly interested in the use of this new curriculum. In the subsequent year, the growth of more M&I classes tTwo M&I teaching teams emerged. The 303K team was supervised by Swinney and the 303L team by Chiu.

§  Since then Dr. Chiu’s  attention has been on the further development of the M&I curriculum in 303L. Since then two new initiatives have been introduced in 303L.

o    Dr. Chiu organized the online posting of the clicker questions and the posting of lecture notes to help to define physics content of the new curriculum .

o    Dr. Chiu has also promoted the use of Dr. Elaine Li’s learning module in his teaching of 303L. The learning model encourages students to preview the physics content before the lecture and to use student feedback as the main content in organizing the discussion sessions.

§  Dr. Chiu will be retired in August 31, 2013. He will continue to teach 303L as a half-time faculty member in the academic year 2013-2014.


Doctorate and Master students. Dr. Chiu has graduated 9 doctorate students. Among those, who are presently in academic institutions,  are:  Xerxes Tata,  Professor at U of Hawaii, Stephen Eubank,  Professor at Virginia BioInformatics Institute on Virginia Tech campus, Silas Beane, Associate Professor at the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Chiu also graduated 2 master students.


­The CUSPEA program: In the early 1980’s, Dr. Chiu was the departmental coordinator for the CUSPEA (China-US Exam Program) which facilitated the selection of  top Chinese students to pursue their doctorate program in US. During this period, Dr. Chiu also hosted Professor Dai Yen Ben, a distinguished member of Chinese Academy of Science who delivered a lecture series in our department.