Scott K Bogner

Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy
Location: 2111 Cyclotron Bldg
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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 and generality. More recently, these complementary techniques have become quite widespread in low-energy nuclear physics, enabling for the first time the prospect for model-independent calculations of nuclear structure with controllable theoretical errors. From a computational perspective, 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.

A consequence of using such methods to eliminate irrelevant high-momentum degrees of freedom is that nuclear many-body calculations become much more amenable to straightforward perturbative methods, simple (i.e., less correlated) variational ansätze, and rapidly convergent basis expansions. Since a mean-field description now becomes a reasonable starting point for nuclei and nuclear matter, the large arsenal of techniques developed for non-uniform electronic systems (e.g., density functional methods) become available for nuclei. Density functional theory (DFT) is the ideal framework to describe properties of the medium-to-heavy regions of the nuclear mass table where ab-initio methods are computationally prohibitive. Developing a microscopically-based, universal nuclear energy density functional (UNEDF) derived from underlying nuclear Hamiltonians is a major component of the DOE-funded Scientific Discovery thru Advanced Computing (SciDAC) project "Building a Universal Nuclear Energy Density Functional" that I am a part of, along with my colleague Alex Brown. My research program presents a diverse range of research opportunities for potential Ph.D. students, encompassing three very different (but interrelated) components that offer a balance of analytical and numerical work: 1) inter-nucleon interactions, 2) ab-initio methods for finite nuclei and infinite nuclear matter, and 3) density functional theory for nuclei.

# Education
* 2002: Ph.D., State University of New York, Stony Brook

Selected Publications

  • From low-momentum interactions to nuclear structure, S.K. Bogner, R.J. Furnstahl and A. Schwenk, Prog. Part. Nucl. Phys. 65, 94 (2010).
  • In-medium similarity renormalization group for nuclei, K. Tsukiyama, S.K. Bogner and A. Schwenk, Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 222502 (2011).
  • In-Medium Similarity Renormalization Group for Open-Shell Nuclei, K. Tsukiyama, S.K. Bogner and A. Schwenk, Phys.Rev. C 85, 061304 (2012).
  • Similarity renormalization group for nucleon-nucleon interactions, S.K. Bogner, R.J. Furnstahl and R.J. Perry, Phys. Rev. C 75, 061001 (2007)
  • Testing the density matrix expansion against ab-initio calculations of trapped neutron drops, S.K. Bogner et al., Phys. Rev. C 84, 044306 (2011).