Research interests are on effective field theories applied to particle, nuclear, atomic, and molecular physics. Emphasis is on the development of systematic lowenergy expansions in the presence of bound states and resonances. Of particular interest are nuclei, which are the simplest complex structures arising from interactions that lack a small coupling constant. Similarities with cold atom systems near unitarity are also explored. The goal is to predict properties of light nuclei and nuclear matter at finite temperature from the underlying theory of strong interactions, QCD. Nuclear probes of approximate symmetries, such as time reversal, are exploited in the search for interactions beyond the Standard Model of particle physics.
Honors and Awards:
APS Fellow (2004)
Sloan Research Fellow (2002)
DOE Outstanding Junior Investigator (2001)
J. Engel, M.J. Ramsey-Musolf and U. van Kolck, Electric dipole moments of nucleons, nuclei, and atoms: The Standard Model and beyond, Prog. Part. Nucl. Phys. 71 (2013) 21.
I. Stetcu, B.R. Barrett, U. van Kolck and J.P. Vary, Effective theory for trapped few-fermion systems, Phys. Rev. A 76 (2007) 063613.
C.A. Bertulani, H.-W. Hammer and U. van Kolck, Effective field theory for halo nuclei, Nucl. Phys. A 712 (2002) 37.
P.F. Bedaque, H.-W. Hammer and U. van Kolck, Renormalization of the three-body system with short range interactions, Phys. Rev. Lett. 82 (1999) 463.
C. Ordonez, L. Ray and U. van Kolck, The two-nucleon potential from chiral Lagrangians, Phys. Rev. C 53 (1996) 2086.