Past Professor

Vijay R. Pandharipande

CAS Professor of Physics

An internationally recognized nuclear theorist, Professor Pandharipande played a leading role in the development of the nuclear many-body problem. His contributions led to a state-of-the-art comprehensive, quantitative, and reliable theory of nuclei, neutron matter, and neutron stars, and were extended more generally to quantum liquids. His theoretical contributions set the agenda for experimental work, significantly advancing the use of electron scattering as a probe of nuclear structure. Working with his graduate students and collaborators, he initiated and carried out over several decades a successful research program to describe all nuclear systems in terms of the elementary two- and three-body interactions of the constituent nucleons. His pioneering variational Monte Carlo calculations have become the standard methods for the field.

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