Prof. Jonathan Engel, postdoctoral fellows
Changfeng Jiao and Jiangming Yao, and grad student Tom Shafer are working on
several interesting problems at the interface of nuclear physics, particle
physics and astrophysics:
Calculating nuclear double beta decay rates, so that
experiments to determine neutrino properties (e.g., the neutrino mass, and
whether neutrinos are their own antiparticles)
can be properly interpreted.
Studying the synthesis of the heaviest elements from lighter elements
capturing neutrons and beta decaying. This "r process"
is thought to take place in
supernova explosions or neutron-star mergers but is far from well understood.
Investigating ways in which fundamental symmetries (e.g. time-reversal invariance) can be violated in nuclei.
Investigating how to consistently apply density-functional theory to
We collaborate with experimental groups at TUNL, as well as with
theorists from UNC, including
Joaquin Drut, and from other universities. For a list of
publications click here.