Graduate Study

The MSU nuclear theory group offers many possibilities for your research development. We are part of the graduate program of the physics department at Michigan State and we study the properties of nuclei and nuclear matter.

    • What are the limits of stability for nuclei?
    • Where did the elements come from?
    • What are the properties of nuclear matter at high density and/or high temperature?
    • What are the properties of neutron stars?
    • And the quark-gluon plasma?

Most of us see nuclei as a many-body problem composed of nucleons (neutrons and protons) and through our studies we discover different aspects on the underlying NN force. There are many techniques to solve the many-body problem, some more analytical while others require high performance computing. In addition, some of us focus on the reaction of the nuclei of interest with a target, to connect to experiment. We are part of the NSCL and have many fruitful collaborations with experimentalists. Our studies are pertinent to astrophysics, be it in connection to nucleosynthesis in various astrophysical sites, to neutron stars, or to earlier phases of the universe. Our group is composed of 8 faculty members with a broad spectrum of expertise. We have around 15 graduate students doing their research in nuclear theory. In addition to the academic physics program, and to their research with the nuclear theory group, our students are part of the life of the NSCL. If you are considering graduate school with us, below are some links you may find useful. If you have further questions, please contact our assistant Linna Leslie.