NSCL Directory Profile

Wolfgang Bauer
University Distinguished Professor of Physics
Theoretical Nuclear Physics
PhD, Physics, University Giessen 1987
Joined NSCL in October 1988
Phone(517) 884-5515
Fax(517) 353-5967
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Selected Publications:
Zipf's Law in Nuclear Multifragmentation
and Percolation Theory, K. Paech, W. Bauer,
and S. Pratt, Phys. Rev. C 76, 054603 (2007)

Modeling Nuclear Dynamics and Weak Inter-
action Rates During the Supernova Collapse
Phase, T. Strother and W. Bauer, Prog. Part.
Nucl. Phys. 468 (2009)

Fragmentation and the Nuclear Equation
of State, W. Bauer, Nucl. Phys. A787, 595c

Cancer Detection on a Cell-by-Cell Basis Us-
ing a Fractal Dimension Analysis, W. Bauer
and Ch.D. Mackenzie, Heavy Ion Physics 14,
39 (2001)

Common Aspects of Phase Transitions of
Molecules, Nuclei, and Hadronic Matter, W.
Bauer, Nucl. Phys. A681, 441 (2001)
I am a theoretical physicist and work mainly on phase transitions in nuclear systems, on transport theory for heavy ion collisions, and on the determination of the nuclear equation of state. Much of my work is in close connection with experimentally accessible observables, and I have enjoyed many collaborations with my experimental colleagues from NSCL and around the world. Approximately one half of my roughly 120 publications in peer-reviewed journals are collaborations with experimentalists.

During the last few years I have found out that many advances in one particular field of science can be applied in an interdisciplinary way. One example is my application of algorithms developed in my work on nuclear fragmentation to the detection of cancer cells in human bodies. Another example is the application of our methods to solve the transport problem for heavy ion collisions to the dynamics of supernova explosions. This project is still ongoing and first results look very promising.

I have also worked on chaos, non-linear dynamics, and self-organized criticality. All of these areas of study have applications to nuclear physics, but also to a great range of other systems, from molecules to traffic flow, and from the stock market to the weather.

Using transport theories and models of phase transitions to determine the nuclear matter phase diagram.

Finally, I am interested in research on teaching and learning. Here I have a long-standing collaboration that has produced the LON-CAPA course management and learning system, which is now in use at over 100 universities, colleges, and high schools around the country and in several other countries around the world.

For the near future I am planning on a continuation of the work on nuclear fragmentation, as well as the transport problem for supernova explosions. In addition, I have become interested in the physics of double β decay and the hunt for a neutrino-less double-β decay mode, which would overthrow the standard model of particle physics. I am also continuing my practice of tight collaborations with my experimental colleagues at NSCL, by working on the physics case for a time projection chamber experiment for the next upgrade of the accelerator complex at NSCL.