**Rutgers University Department of Physics and
Astronomy **

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Nuclei are prime examples of fermion many-body systems of interacting neutrons and protons. Light nuclei on the other hand fall in the category of few-body problems.

Nuclei can also be used to test aspects of elementary particle theory. For example, the nature of the neutrino can be studied via double beta decay of certain heavy nuclei. One very exciting research area involves heavy ion collisions at high energies. When two relativistic nuclei collide, hadronic matter at very high temperatures and density can be produced, possibly resulting in new forms of matter such as a quark-gluon plasma or a condensate of pi-mesons, as they may have existed in the initial stages of the universe after the big bang.

**Professor Willem Kloet**

From high energy experiments the substructure of nucleons in terms of quarks and gluons is evident. On the other hand at low energy a description of nuclei with nucleon degrees of freedom is prefered. How should nuclear processes in the transition region be modeled? For example the annihilation of nucleons and antinucleons into mesons is inherently a very short range process at any energy and models based on nucleon degrees of freedom are inappropriate. By constructing models for this annihilation process using other degrees of freedom, one can get insight in the substructure of the nucleon for relatively low energy processes.

**Professor Aram Mekjian**

My main research interests are in the areas of nuclear and
particle physics and nuclear astrophysics. I also have an interest in
biophysics, statistical mechanics and discrete mathematics. I have done some
work in cosmology.

Presently I am writing a textbook:

*Statistical
Models and Stochastic Networks in Physics, Biology and Mathematical Finance.
*

Specific topics of interest are as follows.

In particular, proton/neutron systems with underlying isospin symmetries.

Unitary limit and studies of limiting universal thermodynamics in these systems

_{}Applying
density functional theory to study properties of hadronic matter at finite
temperature

_{}Symmetry
potential and the isospin structure of neutron/proton systems and its role in
neutron stars and nuclear astrophysics

_{}Using
methods from discrete mathematics and combinatorial analysis to develop exactly
soluble models in statistical physics. B Example- obtaining the canonical
partition function from a recursive combinatorial approach which showed that
the liquid/gas phase transition in a two component nuclear system was first
order

_{}Random
processes, Levy distributions and Polya theory - applications to physics,

biology and mathematical finance

*Recent and
ongoing research*

_{}Liquid-Gas
phase transition in finite two component nuclear systems - role of surface
energy, symmetry energy, Coulomb energy and velocity dependence of the nuclear
interaction. nucleon effective mass effects

_{}Multifragmentation
& cluster production in nuclear collisions; also its relation to
percolation theory, Ising models and

_{}Disorder
effects in a nuclear systems

_{}Quantum
critical behavior in correlated hadronic systems

_{}Particle
multiplicity distributions in very high energy elementary particle collisions -
parallels with Glauber’s photon count distributions. Feynman-Wilson gas
model

_{}Relativistic
heavy ion collisions developed a statistical model

_{}Large
scale structure in cosmology- theory of voids and hierarchical structure
approaches; correlation functions

Population genetics & reformulation of physics techniques to issues related to biophysics; stochastic abundance models

_{}Understanding
power laws, self similarity and scale invariance in the natural sciences. Power laws from a generalized
hypergeometric model

**Professor Larry Zamick**

My recent and current research topics include:

I have constructed a model which consists of simply setting all T=0 two-body
interaction matrix elements to zero and keeping those with T=1 as they were.
This model leads to partial dynamical symmetries and corresponding
degeneracies, which we have attempted to explain. Surprisingly this model gives
fairly reasonable spectra for even-even nuclei in the f-p shell. We find that
the restoration of the T=0 matrix elements is needed to explain staggering of
high spin states in odd-even nuclei, the isovector scissors mode strengths, and
to bring the nuclei somewhat away from the vibrational limit and towards the
rotational limit.

It has been often said that states of different isospins have nothing to do
with each other but this is not true--there is the constraint of orthogonality.
Exploiting this fact I am able to greatly simplify the expression for the
number of J=0 pairs in a mixed system of neutrons and protons.

I have constructed a new topic"Companion Problems in Isospin and
Quasispin" in which I note that the mathematics that is used for a system
of identical nucleons (e.g. only neutrons) can be used for a different problem
which involves neutrons and protons (e.g. diagonalizing a six-j symbol). In the
identical particle case this leads to a quasispin result concerning the number
of states of a given seniority. In the companion case of mixed neutrons and
protons it leads to the above mentioned simplification of the expression for the
number of J=0 pairs.

The general interest in the field of nuclear structuure has shifted to nuclei
far from stability--either proton rich or neutron rich--, with a mind to
understanding how the heavy elements were originally formed. I have been
collaborating on the magnetic moment measurements of excited states , both with
the local experimental group and one from Bonn, and we are indeed going to
heavy unstable nuclei e.g. 68Ge and we are planning to go further.

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