Department of Physics
Faculty Name: Dr. Nidhal Guessoum
Title: Professor - Physics
College/School: College of Arts & Sciences
Department: Department of Physics
Office Location: Physics Building - Office P208
Phone: +(971) 6 515 2512
Fax: +(971) 6 515 5066
E-mail: View e-mail address
Teaching Areas  
Physics, Astronomy
Research Areas
Gamma-Ray Astrophysics: Positron-Electron Annihilation; Nuclear gamma-ray lines; Gamma-Ray Bursts. Crescent Visibility and Islamic Calendar. Science, Religion, Education, and Popularization
  • PhD in Theoretical Astrophysics, University of California at San Diego (UCSD), USA.
  • MSc in Physics, UCSD, USA.
  • BSc in Theoretical Physics, University of Science and Technology of Algiers, Algeria
Professional Experience  
  • American University of Sharjah, UAE, 2000-present
  • College of Technological Studies, Kuwait, 1995-2000
  • University of Blida, Algeria, 1990-1995
  • NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland, USA, 1988-1990
International Astronomical Union (IAU), Islamic Crescents Observation Project (ICOP)
Academic and Professional Awards  
  • 2nd Research Prize in Sciences, Engineering, and Architecture, AUS, June 2003
  • Invited Visiting Researcher or Professor at several academic institutions (17 times total) in the USA, France, and the Arab world.
Selected Research, Scholarship and Creative Work
  • “The 511 keV emission from positron annihilation in the Galaxy”, N. Prantzos et al., Rev. Mod. Phys., submitted.
  • “Positron Annihilation on PAHs in the ISM”, N. Guessoum, W. Gillard, and P. Jean, MNRAS, 402, 1171 (2010).
  • “Evolution of the Time-Lag and Variability Luminosity Relations for Long Gamma-Ray Bursts”, W.J. Azzam, M.J. Alothman, N.Guessoum, Adv. Sp. Res., 44, 1354 (2009).
  • “Microquasars as Sources of Positron Annihilation Radiation”, N. Guessoum, P. Jean, and N. Prantzos, Astronomy & Astrophysics, A&A, 457, 753 (2006).
  • “First View of the All-Sky Distribution of Positronium Annihilation Continuum Emission with SPI/INTEGRAL”, G. Weidenspointner et al., Astronomy & Astrophysics, 450, 1013 (2006).
  • “Spectral Analysis of the Galactic e+e- Annihilation Emission”, P. Jean, et al., Astronomy & Astrophysics, 445, 579 (2005).
  • “The All-Sky Distribution of 511 keV Electron-Positron Annihilation Emission”, J. Knodleseder et al., Astronomy & Astrophysics, 441, 513 (2005).
  • “The Lives and Deaths of Positrons in the Interstellar Medium”, N. Guessoum, P. Jean, W. Gillard, Astronomy & Astrophysics, 436, 171 (2005).
  • “Models of the Positive Latitude e-e+ Annihilation Feature ”, P. von Ballmoos, N. Guessoum, P. Jean, and J. Knoedlseder; Astronomy & Astrophysics, 397, 635-643 (2003).
  • “Detectability and Characteristics of the 2.223 MeV Line Emission from Nearby X-Ray Binaries”, N. Guessoum & P. Jean, Astronomy & Astrophysics, 396, 157-169 (2002).
  • “Neutron-Capture and 2.22 MeV Emission in the Atmosphere of the Secondary of an X-ray Binary”, P. Jean & N. Guessoum, Astronomy & Astrophysics, 378, 509-521 (2001).
  • “Gamma-Ray Lines from the Galaxy: the GRO Revolution”, N. Guessoum, in Astrophysics & Space Science, 273, 171-185 (2001).
  • "Islam's Quantum Question: Reconciling Muslim Tradition and Modern Science", Nidhal Guessoum, IB Tauris (London, UK), 2010
  • “The Determination of Islamic Fasting and Prayer Times at High-Latitude Locations: historical review and new astronomical solutions”, K. Meziane & N. Guessoum, Archaeoastronomy, in press (2011).
  • “Copernicus and Ibn Al-Shatir: does the Copernican revolution have Islamic roots?”, N. Guessoum, The Observatory, Vol. 128, p. 231-239 (2008)

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