Welcome to the Nuclear Theory Group!

As nuclear theorists, we aim to understand the properties and interactions of nuclei and their constituents using quantum chromodynamics (QCD), the fundamental quantum field theory of quarks and gluons, as well as the electroweak interactions. We also aim to understand the properties of matter and radiation under extreme conditions of density and temperature, and to apply this knowledge to various phenomena in astrophysics and cosmology. The richness of the field is due to the fact that challenging strong-coupling effects play an essential role in QCD, and in applications of QCD to nuclear physics and astrophysics one must also take into account relativistic quantum-mechanical many-body effects. These features lead to a wide variety of emergent behaviors which must be understood to make predictions for the behavior of nuclei, nuclear matter, and neutrinos in astrophysics and cosmology.

Our research covers a broad range of topics relevant to experiments and observations on high energy nuclear collisions, supernovae, neutron stars, neutrinos and their oscillations, and the astrophysical environments where elements, especially those heavier than carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen, are produced.