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phone: (208) 885-6380
Engineering Physics Rm 311
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 0903
Moscow, ID 83844-0903

Francesca Sammarruca, Ph.D.

Office: Engineering-Physics Room 329
Phone: 208-885-6380
Email: fsammarr@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: Physics
875 Perimeter Drive MS 0903
Moscow, ID 83844-0903

Department of Physics

Campus Locations: Moscow
With UI Since 1989

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Theoretical nuclear physics, nuclear structure, nuclear reactions, nuclear many-body theories, nuclear astrophysics
  • Biography

    2007-present: Professor of Physics, UI
    2000-2007:   Associate Professor of Physics, UI
    1997-2000:   Assistant Professor of Physics, UI
    1992-1997:   Visiting Assistant Professor, UI
    1989-1992:   Affiliate Assistant Professor, UI
    1985-1988:   Research Assistant, Virginia Polytechnic Institute
    1981-1983:   Teaching Assistant, Virginia Polytechnic Institute

  • Selected Publications
    • F. Sammarruca, "A Microscopic Equation of State for Neutron-Rich Matter and its Effect on Neutron Star Properties", in "Astrophysics", edited by Ibrahim Kucuk (published by InTech, Rijeka, Croatia, 2012) Ch.9, p. 179.
    • F. Sammarruca et al., "Dirac-Brueckner-Hartree-Fock versus chiral effective field theory", 2012, Physical Review C, 86, p. 054217.
    • F. Sammarruca, "The Microscopic Approach to Nuclear Matter and Neutron Star Matter", 2010, International Journal of Physics E, 19, p. 1259.
    • F. Sammarruca, "Spin- and isospin-polarized states of nuclear matter in the Dirac-Brueckner-Hartree-Fock model", 2011, Physical Review  C, 83, p. 064304.
    • F. Sammarruca and L. White, "Probing the sensitivity of the total nucleus-nucleus reaction cross section at intermediate energies to medium effects and isospin asymmetries", 2011, Physical review  C, 83, p. 064602.
  • Research Projects
    • Major on-going project: "Nuclear Theory at the University of Idaho", with R. Machleidt, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, 2012-2015.
      Short description:
      Improving our understanding of nuclear matter, particularly in the presence of different neutron and proton concentrations, is one of the goals stated by the Nuclear Science Advisory Committee. This project generates predictions which can support present and future experimental effort with neutron-rich systems.
      Furthermore, we work on refining our knowledge of nuclear forces in terms of fundamental theory of strong interactions, quantum chromodynamics (QCD).
  • Awards and Honors
    • Virginia Wolf Outstanding Service Award, 2010
    • Alumni Inspirational Mentor Award, 2001
    • Faculty Recognition Award for Teaching Excellence, Naval R.O.T.C., 2000

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