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Distinguished Professor

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Experimental nuclear physics

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Jolie A. Cizewski


Department of Physics and Astronomy
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
136 Frelinghuysen Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8019 USA

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Brief Vita

  • B.A. University of Pennsylvania (Physics) 1973
  • M.A. S.U.N.Y. at Stony Brook (Physics) 1975
  • Ph.D. S.U.N.Y. at Stony Brook (Physics) 1978

  • Postdoctoral Staff, Los Alamos National Laboratory 1978-80
  • Assistant and Associate Professor, Yale University 1980-86
  • Associate Professor, Rutgers University 1986-92
  • Professor, Rutgers University 1992-2002
  • Distinguished Professor, Rutgers University 2002-present
  • Associate Chair and Graduate Program Director, Physics and Astronomy, Rutgers University 1993-2002,2013
  • Vice Dean and Acting Dean, Graduate School-New Brunswick, Rutgers University 2002-2008

  • Fellow, American Physical Society
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Research Activities

    I am interested in studying and understanding the structure of heavy atomic nuclei (mass 80), and in particular, nuclei with many more neutrons than stable isotopes. Theoretical models predict that the shell structure that characterizes stable nuclei may be quenched in very neutron-rich nuclei. Some of these neutron-rich nuclei also lie along the path that limits the rapid neutron capture process of nucleosynthesis. The studies of the properties of unstable nuclei are performed at radioactive and stable beam accelerator facilities in North America. The current focus is on determining the single-neutron excitations of neutron-rich N=50 and N=82 nuclei, and probing the shell structure far from stability.

    Earlier work involved studying highly elongated, superdeformed, excitations in heavy nuclei, the properties of nuclei near the proton drip line, and the role of dynamical symmetries and supersymmetries in understanding collective excitations in nuclei.

    Teaching activities

    In Fall 2019 I am the lecturer in Physics 313: Modern Physics.

    In Spring 2019 I was the lecturer in Physics 227: Analytical Physics IIa.

    I have previously served as course administrator in Physics 227 and Physics 124.

    I also supervise graduate students and post-doctoral scholars.

    Administrative activities

    In Spring 2013 I was the interim Physics and Astronomy Graduate Program Director and Associate Chair. I currently serve on the Rutgers University-wide Committee on Academic Planning.

    In the news...

    I have been profiled on the Physics Central web site.

    Some Recent Publications

    Physical Review server is generally accessible though access may be restricted.

  • First Study of the Level Structure of the r-Process Nucleus 83Ge, J. S. Thomas, D. W. Bardayan, J. C. Blackmon, J. A. Cizewski, U. Greife, C. J. Gross, M. S. Johnson, K. L. Jones, R. L. Kozub, J. F. Liang, R. J. Livesay, Z. Ma, B. H. Moazen, C. D. Nesaraja, D. Shapira, and M. S. Smith, Phys. Rev. C71 (2005) 021302(R).
  • Development of a High Solid-Angle Silicon Detector Array for Measurement of Transfer Reactions in Inverse Kinematics, S.D. Pain, J.A. Cizewski, R. Hatarik, K.L. Jones, J.S. Thomas, D.W. Bardayan, J.C. Blackmon, C.D. Nesaraja, M.S. Smith, R.L. Kozub, M.S. Johnson, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B261, 1122 (2007).
  • Single-neutron excitations in neutron-rich 83Ge and 85Se, J. S. Thomas, G. Arbanas, D. W. Bardayan, J. C. Blackmon, J. A. Cizewski, D. J. Dean, R. P. Fitzgerald, U. Greife, C. J. Gross, M. S. Johnson, K. L. Jones, R. L. Kozub, J. F. Liang, R. J. Livesay, Z. Ma, B. H. Moazen, C. D. Nesaraja, D. Shapira, M. S. Smith, and D. W. Visser, Phys. Rev. C 76, 044302 (2007).
  • Benchmarking a surrogate reaction for neutron capture, R. Hatarik, L.A. Bernstein, J.A. Cizewski, D.L. Bleuel, J.T. Burke, J.E. Escher, J. Gibelin, B.L. Goldblum, A.M. Hatarik, S.R. Lesher, P.D. O'Malley, L.Phair, E. Rodriguez-Vieitez, T. Swan, and M. Wiedeking, Phys. Rev. C 81, 011602 (R) (2010).
  • The magic nature of 132Sn explored through the single-particle states of 133Sn, K.L. Jones, A.S. Adekola, D.W. Bardayan, J.C. Blackmon, K.Y. Chae, K.A. Chipps, J.A. Cizewski, L. Erikson, C. Harlin, R. Hatarik, R. Kapler, R.L. Kozub, J.F. Liang, R. Livesay, Z. Ma, B.H. Moazen, C.D. Nesaraja, F.M. Nunes, S.D. Pain, N.P. Patterson, D. Shapira, J.F. Shriner Jr, M.S. Smith, T.P Swan, J.S. Thomas, Nature, 465, 454 (2010).
  • Halo nucleus 11Be: A spectroscopic study via neutron transfer, K.T. Schmitt, K.L. Jones, A. Bey, S.H. Ahn, D.W. Bardayan, J.C. Blackmon, S.M. Brown, K.Y. Chae, K.A. Chipps, J.A. Cizewski, K.I. Hahn, J.J. Kolata, R.L. Kozub, J.F. Liang, C. Matei, M. Matos, D. Matyas, B.H. Moazen, C.D. Nesaraja, F.M. Nunes, P.D. O'Malley, S.D. Pain, W.A. Peters, S.T. Pittman, A. Roberts, D. Shapira, J.F. Shriner Jr, M.S. Smith, I. Spassova, D.W. Stracener, A.N. Villano, and G.L. Wilson, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 192701 (2012).
  • Neutron single particle structure in 131Sn and direct neutron capture cross sections, R. L. Kozub, G. Arbanas, A. S. Adekola, D.W. Bardayan, J. C. Blackmon, K. Y. Chae, K. A. Chipps, J.A. Cizewski, L. Erikson, R. Hatarik, W. R. Hix, K. L. Jones, W. Krolas, J. F. Liang, Z. Ma, C. Matei, B.H. Moazen, C. D. Nesaraja, S. D. Pain, D. Shapira, J. F. Shriner, Jr., M. S. Smith, and T. P. Swan, Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 172501 (2012).
  • Constraint of the Astrophysical 26Al(p,g)27Si Destruction Rate at Stellar Temperatures, S.D. Pain, D.W. Bardayan, J.C. Blackmon, S.M. Brown, K.Y. Chae, K.A. Chipps, J.A. Cizewski, K.L. Jones, R.L. Kozub, J.F. Liang, C. Matei, M. Matos, B.H. Moazen, C.D. Nesaraja, J. Okolowicz, P.D. O'Malley, W.A. Peters, S.T. Pittman, M. Ploszajczak, K.T. Schmitt, J.F. Shriner, Jr., D. Shapira, M.S. Smith, D.W. Stracener, and G.L. Wilson, Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 212501 (2015).
  • Direct reaction measurements using GODDESS, S.D. Pain, A. Ratkiewicz, T. Baugher, M. Febbraro, A. Lepailleur, J. Allen, J. T. Anderson, D. W. Bardayan, J. C. Blackmon, R. Blanchard, S. Burcher, M. P. Carpenter, S. M. Cha, K. Y. Chae, K.A. Chipps, J. A. Cizewski, A. Engelhardt, H. Garland, K. L. Jones, R. L. Kozub, E. J. Lee, M. R. Hall, O. Hall, J. Hu, P. D. O'Malley, I. Marsh, B.C. Rasco, D. Santiago-Gonzales, D. Seweryniak, S. Shadrick, H. Sims, K. Smith, M. S. Smith, P.-L. Tai, P. Thompson, C. Thornsberry, R. L. Varner, D. Walter, G. L. Wilson and S. Zhu, Physics Procedia 90, 455 (2017).
  • Towards Neutron Capture on Exotic Nuclei: Demonstrating (d,p gamma) Reaction as a Surrogate Reaction for (n,gamma), A. Ratkiewicz, J.A. Cizewski, J.T. Burke, J.E. Escher, R.J. Casperson, M. McCleskey, G. Potel, R.A.E. Austin, S. Burcher, R.O. Hughes, B. Manning, S.D. Pain, W.A. Peters, S. Rice, T.J. Ross, N.D. Scielzo, and C. Shand, Phys. Rev. Lett. 122, 052502 (2019).
  • Direct Neutron Capture on Tin Isotopes Near the N = 82 Shell Closure, B. Manning, G. Arbanas, J.A. Cizewski, R.L. Kozub, S.H. Ahn, J.M. Allmond, D.W. Bardayan, K.Y. Chae, K.A. Chipps, M.E. Howard, K.L. Jones, J.F. Liang, M. Matos, C.D. Nesaraja, F.M. Nunes, P.D. O'Malley, S.D. Pain, W.A. Peters, S.T. Pittman, A. Ratkiewicz, K.T. Schmitt, D. Shapira, M.S. Smith, and L. Titus, Phys. Rev. C 99, 041302 (R) (2019); Phys. Rev. C 99, 069901 (E) (2019).
  • Spectroscopic factors near the r-process path using combined measurements: 86Kr(d,p)87Kr, D. Walter, T. Baugher, J.A. Cizewski, F.M. Nunes, S.D. Pain, A. Ratkiewicz, S. Ahn, D.W. Bardayan,T. Baumann, D. Bazin, S. Burcher, K.A. Chipps, G. Cerizza, K.L. Jones, R.L. Kozub, S.J. Lonsdale, B. Manning, F. Montes, P.D. O'Malley, S. Ota, J. Pereira, P. Thompson, C. Thornsberry, and S. Williams, Phys. Rev. C 99, 054625 (2019).

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