Lithuania (Fulbright S&T awardee 2009)
Mindaugas Lekaveckas is a Ph.D. candidate in Theoretical Physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Theoretical Physics. With the support of the International Fulbright Science and Technology Award, he is investigating the properties of the medium called quark-gluon plasma which existed for short time in the very beginning of the universe.
With new technologies it has become possible to recreate the medium of asymptotically free quarks and gluons using heavy ion colliders, including the newest and the most powerful – Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Mindaugas is helping to solve fundamental questions which arise from such collisions and he is also investigating how collimated beams of particles get broadened when transversing the created medium. Mindaugas’ ultimate goal is to contribute to the understanding of the properties of quark-gluon plasmas and, especially, to learn if the medium created in collisions is strongly or weakly coupled.
A native of Lithuania, Mindaugas received his Bachelor’s degree from Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania and obtained his Master’s degree at the University of Helsinki in Finland. He also spent a summer in Queen’s University of Belfast in Northern Ireland to broaden his understanding in general physics prior to beginning Ph.D. coursework at MIT. In addition to his research, Mindaugas also enjoys doing outdoor activities, such as hiking, kayaking, and skiing.