Delayed congratulations to Kaitlyn on passing her Thesis Proposal Presentation!
Kaitlyn passed the exam on June 7th. She will be investigating matrix-free Monte Carlo methods for many-fermion systems and also developing a library of observables aimed to generate benchmarks and calculate the thermodynamics of neutron matter.
Congratulations to Kaitlyn and Yaqi on their recent awards!
Kaitlyn received our Department’s Hamilton award for summer support, and Yaqi received the Dean’s Graduate Fellowship from the College of Arts & Sciences, also for summer support.
Congratulations to Kaitlyn on passing her Master’s defense!
Really great work. The committee was impressed!!!
Congratulations to Yaqi on receiving a Dissertation Completion Fellowship!
From the Graduate School website: “Dissertation Completion Fellowships support doctoral students in the final year of their dissertation by enabling them to focus full time on research and writing.”
We’ve been (now officially) awarded NSF funding to study the thermodynamics of nuclei and nuclear matter!
Here’s an excerpt from the “Intellectual Merit” section of the summary:
At least half of the heavy elements in the periodic table are believed to be generated by r-process nucleosynthesis in neutron star mergers (NSMs). Whether those are indeed the sites of the r-process is a central question in nuclear astrophysics. To answer it, the dynamical evolution of NSMs is studied in astrophysics simulations, whose main microscopic input is the thermal equation of state of dense nuclear matter. Calculating the latter poses a challenging quantum many-body problem. The overarching objective of this project is to face that challenge, starting with the finite-temperature thermodynamics of neutron matter, using the ab initio non-perturbative tools of non-relativistic lattice field theory combined with chiral effective theory interactions. Calculations of the pairing, superfluidity, and clustering properties are also proposed, as they impact the structure and thermal evolution of neutron stars. The same theoretical tools will provide quantitative insight into the density of states of finite nuclei in an ab initio fashion, which is a long-standing problem in nuclear physics and an input for nuclear reaction theory.