Dr. Dan Pitonyak
Assistant Professor of Physics

Academic Areas of Expertise:

  • Atomic and Nuclear Physics 
  • Elementary Particle Physics
  • Analytical Mechanics
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Quantum Mechanics

Courses Taught at LVC

PHY 103  General College Physics

PHY 104  General College Physics

PHY 211  Atomic and Nuclear Physics

PHY 212  Electronics

PHY 311  Analytical Mechanics

PHY 312  Analytical Mechanics

Research Topics:

Computational nuclear physics is the focus of our student-faculty research. Our work attempts to understand the 3-dimensional internal structure of visible matter. We write code in Python to compute high-energy particle collisions and analyze how models fit experimental data. This enables us to extract information on the elementary particles that make up objects like the proton.

Professional Leadership & Major Awards

Positions and Awards

  • Lead Guest Editor for the Special Issue in Advances in High Energy Physics titled “Transverse Momentum Dependent Observables from Low to High Energy: Factorization, Evolution, and Global Analyses.” May 2019.
  • Dissertation Award from the American Physical Society Group on Hadronic Physics. 2015
  • Referee for Physical Review D, Physical Review Letters, Physics Letters B, Advances in High Energy Physics, International Journal of Modern Physics A, and Nuclear Physics A.

Scholarly Work

Publications

L. Gamberg, Z. B. Kang, D. Pitonyak, M. Schlegel and S. Yoshida, Polarized hyperon production in single-inclusive electron-positron annihilation at next-to-leading order, accepted for publication in the Journal of High-Energy Physics.

L. Gamberg, A. Metz, D. Pitonyak and A. Prokudin, Connections between collinear and transverse-momentum-dependent polarized observables within the Collins-Soper-Sterman formalism. Phys. Lett. B 781, 443 (2018).

Y. Kovchegov, D. Pitonyak and M. Sievert, Small-x asymptotics of the gluon helicity distribution. JHEP 1710, 198 (2017).

Y. Kovchegov, D. Pitonyak and M. Sievert, Small-x asymptotics of the quark helicity distribution: analytic results. Phys. Lett. B 772, 136 (2017).

Y. Koike, A. Metz, D. Pitonyak, K. Yabe and S. Yoshida, Twist-3 fragmentation contribution to polarized hyperon production in unpolarized hadronic collisions. Phys. Rev. D 95, 114013 (2017).

L. Gamberg, Z.-B. Kang, D. Pitonyak and A. Prokudin, Phenomenological constraints on AN in pp π X from Lorentz invariance relations. Phys. Lett. B 770, 242 (2017).

Y. Kovchegov, D. Pitonyak and M. Sievert, Helicity evolution at small x: flavor singlet and non-singlet observables. Phys. Rev. D 95, 014033 (2017).

Y. Kovchegov, D. Pitonyak and M. Sievert, Small-x asymptotics of the quark helicity distribution. Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 052001 (2017).

D. Pitonyak, Transverse spin observables in hard-scattering hadronic processes within collinear factorization. Int. J. Mod. Phys. A 31, 1630049 (2016).

Y. Koike, D. Pitonyak and S. Yoshida, Twist-3 effect from the longitudinally polarized proton for A_LT in hadron production from pp collisions. Phys. Lett. B 759, 75 (2016).

K. Kanazawa, Y. Koike, A. Metz, D. Pitonyak and M. Schlegel, Operator constraints for twist-3 functions and Lorentz invariance properties of twist-3 observables. Phys. Rev. D 93, 054024 (2016).

Y. Kovchegov, D. Pitonyak and M. Sievert, Helicity evolution at small x. JHEP 1601, 072 (2016).

K. Kanazawa, Y. Koike, A. Metz and D. Pitonyak, Transverse single-spin asymmetries in proton- proton collisions at the AFTER@LHC experiment. Advances in High Energy Physics 2015, 257934 (2015).

K. Kanazawa, Y. Koike, A. Metz and D. Pitonyak, Transverse single-spin asymmetries in pp γX from quark-gluon-quark correlations in the proton. Phys. Rev. D 91, 014013 (2015).

L. Gamberg, Z.-B. Kang, A. Metz, D. Pitonyak and A. Prokudin, Left-right spin asymmetry in lN hX. Phys. Rev. D 90, 074012 (2014).

K. Kanazawa, Y. Koike, A. Metz and D. Pitonyak, Towards an explanation of transverse single-spin asymmetries in proton-proton collisions: the role of fragmentation in collinear factorization. Phys. Rev. D 89, 111501(R) (2014).

A. Metz and D. Pitonyak, Fragmentation contribution to the transverse single-spin asymmetry in proton-proton collisions. Phys. Lett. B 723, 365 (2013) Erratum: [Phys. Lett. B 762, 549 (2016)].

A. Metz, D. Pitonyak, A. Schaefer and J. Zhou, Analysis of the double-spin asymmetry A_LT in inelastic nucleon-nucleon collisions. Phys. Rev. D 86, 114020 (2012).

A. Metz, D. Pitonyak, A. Schaefer, M. Schlegel, W. Vogelsang and J. Zhou, Single-spin asymmetries in inclusive deep inelastic scattering and multiparton correlations in the nucleon. Phys. Rev. D 86, 094039 (2012).

S. Meissner, A. Metz and D. Pitonyak, Momentum sum rules for fragmentation functions. Phys. Lett. B 690, 296 (2010).

Contact Info

Email Address

pitonyak@lvc.edu

Phone Number

717-867-6151