Richard deBoer

Associate Research Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy

Associate Research Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy

180A Nieuwland Science Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
+1 574-631-2875

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Research Interests

Richard James deBoer received his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in 2011. He has since been a Post-Doctoral researcher with the Joint Institute of Nuclear Astrophysics at the University of Notre Dame. In 2014 he was also a visiting researcher at the Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso in Italy and has returned several times for experimental collaborations and to give lectures.

Dr. deBoer’s research interests center around the determination of the nuclear reaction rates of light nuclei that are important for understanding how energy is produced and how the elements are created in stars. His main interest is in closely linking nuclear reaction theory to experimental measurements to make the interpretation of nuclear data, and the uncertainties of the data, more straightforward.

Following these lines of research, he has published several research papers reporting on experimental measurements made using the University of Notre Dame’s experimental facilities and interpreted the results using R-matrix reaction theory. In 2016 he was the co-organizer of the R-matrix workshop on applications and methods, which was sponsored by the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics, Los Alamos National Laboratories, and the Institute for Nuclear and Particle Physics at Ohio University. He currently serves as a consultant for the International Atomic Energy Agency for the evaluation of charged-particle induced reactions in the resolved-resonance region.


B.S., Physics, Western Michigan University, 2003
M.S., Physics, Ball State University, 2005
M.S., Physics, University of Notre Dame, 2008
Ph.D., Physics, University of Notre Dame, 2011


D.W. Bardayan, K.A. Chipps, S. Ahn, J.C. Blackmon, R.J. deBoer, U. Greife, K.L. Jones, A. Kontos, R.L. Kozub, L. Linhardt, B. Manning, M. Mato, P.D. O'Malley, S. Ota, S.D. Pain, W.A. Peters, S.T. Pittman, A. Sachs, K.T. Schmitt, M.S. Smith, and P. Thompson. The first science result with the JENSA gas-jet target: Confirmation and study of a strong subthreshold resonance. Physics Letters B, 751:311 - 315, 2015.

Khachatur V. Manukyan, Wanpeng Tan, Richard J. deBoer, Edward J. Stech, Ani Aprahamian, Michael Wiescher, Sergei Rouvimov, Kyle R. Overdeep, Christopher E. Shuck, Timothy P. Weihs, and Alexander S. Mukasyan. Irradiation-enhanced reactivity of multilayer Al/Ni nanomaterials. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 7(21):11272-11279, 2015. PMID: 25915560.

R. J. deBoer, D. W. Bardayan, J. Göorres, P. J. LeBlanc, K. V. Manukyan, M. T. Moran, K. Smith, W. Tan, E. Uberseder, M. Wiescher, P. F. Bertone, A. E. Champagne, and M. S. Islam. Low energy scattering cross section ratios of 14N(p, p)14N. Phys. Rev. C, 91:045804, Apr 2015.

Suprita Chakraborty, Richard deBoer, Avijit Mukherjee, and Subinit Roy. Systematic R-matrix analysis of the 13C(p,g)14N capture reaction. Phys. Rev. C, 91:045801, Apr 2015.

R. J. deBoer, J. Görres, K. Smith, E. Uberseder, M. Wiescher, A. Kontos, G. Imbriani, A. Di Leva, and F. Strieder. Monte carlo uncertainty of the 3He(a,g)7Be reaction rate. Phys. Rev. C, 90:035804, Sep 2014.

R. J. deBoer, A. Best, J. Görres, K. Smith, W. Tan, M. Wiescher, R. Raut, G. Rusev, A. P. Tonchev, and W. Tornow. Photoneutron strengths in 26Mg at energies of astrophysical interest. Phys. Rev. C, 89:055802, May 2014.

L C Chamon, L R Gasques, L F M Alves, V Guimares, P Descouvemont, R J deBoer, and M Wiescher. E_ect of the inelastic couplings on the scattering of alpha particles by 12C at low energies. Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics, 41(3):035101, 2014.

R. J. deBoer, J. Görres, G. Imbriani, P. J. LeBlanc, E. Uberseder, and M. Wiescher. R-matrix analysis of 16O compound nucleus reactions. Phys. Rev. C, 87:015802, Jan 2013.

R. E. Azuma, E. Uberseder, E. C. Simpson, C. R. Brune, H. Costantini, R. J. de Boer, J. Görres, M. Heil, P. J. LeBlanc, C. Ugalde, and M. Wiescher. AZURE: An R-matrix code for nuclear astrophysics. Phys. Rev. C, 81(4):045805, Apr 2010.