Francesco Iachello

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JW Gibbs Professor of Physics and Chemistry
SPL 65 / WL 235
203-432-6944 / 203-436-8501

Co-developed (with A. Arima) the interacting boson model of nuclei (1976). Introduced supersymmetry in nuclei (1980). Developed the vibron model of molecules (1981). Current research interests: (i) Theory of quantum phase transitions (QPT) and excited state quantum phase transitions (ESQPT) in Bose- and mixed Bose-Fermi systems, with applications to nuclei and molecules. (ii) Theory of double beta decay with and without the emission of two neutrinos for the determination of the neutrino mass.

           Group structure of the interacting boson model of nuclei and the vibron model of molecules           Phase diagram of the proton neutron interacting boson model

Selected Awards:

Eugene Wigner Medal, 1990
Tom Bonner Prize, APS, 1993
Lise Meiter Medal, EPS, 2002
Somaini Volta Prize, 2009
Enrico Fermi Prize, IPS, 2010

Honorary Doctorates:

University of Ferrara, Italy, 1992
University of Sevilla, Spain, 1992
Chung Yuan University, Republic of China, 1993
University of Bucharest, Romania, 2005

Honorary Professorships:

Nanjing University, China, 1995
University of Groningen, The Netherlands, 1997

Recent Publications:

  1. M.A. Caprio, P. Cejnar and F. Iachello, Excited state quantum phase transitions in many-body systems, Ann. Phys. 323 (2008) 1106-1135.
  2. J. Barea and F. Iachello, Neutrino-less double-beta decay in the microscopic interacting boson model, Phys. Rev. C79 (2009) 044301 (16pp).
  3. D. Petrellis, A. Leviatan and F. Iachello, Quantum phase transitions in Bose-Fermi systems, Ann. Phys. 326 (2010) 926-957.
  4. M.A. Caprio, J.H. Skrabacz and F. Iachello, Dual algebraic structures for the two-level pairing model, J. Phys. A.: Math. Theor. 44 (2011) 075303 (29pp).
  5. F. Iachello, Quantum phase transitions in algebraic models, Rivista Nuovo Cimento, 34 (2011) 617-642.
Ph.D., M.I.T., 1969
Field of Study: 
Theoretical Physics