National Superconducting
Cyclotron Laboratory

Scott Bogner
Scott Bogner
Professor of Physics
Theoretical Nuclear Physics
PhD, Theoretical Physics, SUNY Stony Brook 2002
Joined NSCL in July 2007
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Scott Bogner

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My research focuses on applications of renormalization group (RG) and effective field theory (EFT) methods to the microscopic description of nuclei and nuclear matter. EFT and RG methods have long enjoyed a prominent role in condensed matter and high energy theory due to their power of simplification for strongly interacting multi-scale systems. More recently, these complementary techniques have become widespread in low-energy nuclear physics, enabling the prospect for calculations of nuclear structure and reactions with controllable theoretical errors and providing a more tangible link to the underlying quantum chromodynamics.

The use of EFT and RG techniques substantially simplifies many-body calculations by restricting the necessary degrees of freedom to the energy scales of interest. In addition to extending the reach of ab-inito calculations by eliminating unnecessary degrees of freedom, many problems become amenable to simple perturbative treatments. Since a mean-field description now becomes a reasonable starting point for nuclei and nuclear matter, it becomes possible to provide a microscopic foundation for extremely successful (but largely phenomenological) methods such as the nuclear shell model and nuclear density functional theory (DFT) that are used to describe properties of the medium-mass and heavy nuclei.

My research program presents a diverse range of research opportunities for potential PhD students, encompassing three different (but interrelated) components that offer a balance of analytical and numerical work: 1) in-medium effective inter-nucleon interactions, 2) ab-initio methods for finite nuclei and infinite nuclear matter, and 3) density functional theory for nuclei.

Topics that could form the basis PhD research in my group include: calculating the equation of state and response functions for nuclear matter from microscopic inter-nucleon interactions, constructing next-generation shell model Hamiltonians and effective operators via RG methods, and developing microscopically based density functional theory for nuclei.

Selected Publications

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Nonempirical Interactions from the Nuclear Shell Model: An Update, S.R. Stroberg et al., Ann. Rev. Nucl. Part. Sci. 69, no. 1, (2019).

Microscopically based energy density functionals for nuclei using the density matrix expansion, R. Navarro-Perez et al., Phys. Rev. C 97, 054304 (2018).

Nonperturbative shell-model interactions from the in-medium similarity renormalization group, S.K. Bogner et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 142501 (2014).

From low-momentum interactions to nuclear structure, S.K. Bogner, R.J. Furnstahl and A. Schwenk, Prog. Part. Nucl. Phys. 65, 94 (2010).