Thomas Papenbrock, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society, the leading organization of physicists. He was recognized for his “innovative theoretical approaches to the nuclear many-body problem and other finite quantum systems.”
The nuclear physicist is widely acclaimed for his theoretical contributions to the understanding of complex matter with a focus on atomic nuclei. Papenbrock developed conceptual, algorithmic, and computational tools to accurately model and describe some of the most interesting and relevant rare nuclear isotopes. His work furthers understanding of the formation and abundance of heavy elements in the universe, and that of exotic astronomical objects like compact neutron stars.
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