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Francesca Sammarruca

Francesca Sammarruca



Engineering-Physics 329



Mailing Address

Department of Physics
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 0903
Moscow, ID 83844-0903

  • Highest Degree: Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Physics
  • Current Rank and Position: Professor of Physics
    Secretary of the University Faculty

  • Theoretical nuclear physics, nuclear structure, nuclear reactions, nuclear many-body theories, nuclear astrophysics

  • Major on-going project: "Nuclear Theory at the University of Idaho", with R. Machleidt, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.

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).

The predictions I make with my students and my collaborators have relevance for a broad range of problems, ranging from a better understanding of the nuclear chart to the physics of neutron stars and supernovae simulations.

Lately, the nuclear physics of neutron stars has been a focal point of my research. Neutron stars offer the opportunity to study matter under conditions not typically encountered in terrestrial laboratories – weighing a billion tons per tablespoon (about the weight of Mount Everest), they are truly intriguing systems.

  • Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, 2000---present
  • Virginia Wolf Outstanding Service Award, 2010
  • Alumni Inspirational Mentor Award, 2001
  • Faculty Recognition Award for Teaching Excellence, Naval R.O.T.C., 2000


Department of Physics

Physical Address:
Engineering-Physics Rm 311

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 0903
Moscow, ID 83844-0903

Phone: 208-885-6380

Fax: 208-885-4055


Web: Department of Physics