Stefan Frauendorf

Theoretical Physics

Diploma, Technical University Dresden, Germany, 1968
Ph.D., ibid., 1971
Habilitation, ibid., 1982

Address: NSH 215
Phone: (574)  631-7538
Fax: (574) 631-5952

Research Interests

The progress in experimental nuclear physics has dramatically pushed the limits of nuclei that can be studied. Prof. Frauendorf’s research interests involve the theoretical study of the new found phenomena that challenge the traditional understanding of the atomic nucleus. His current research concerns new symmetries in rotating nuclei (most rapidly rotating objects in the universe), proton-neutron pair correlations in proton-rich nuclei (new kind of superfluid), and the stability of super heavy nuclei (Z>110, heaviest elements ever synthesized). Recent results are the discovery of magnetic and chiral rotation, condensation of octupole phonons, and multi phonon tidal waves. He works on improving the theoretical models that are used to calculate nuclear reactions that power the stars and violent cosmic events, as well as are relevant to nuclear engineering.

His work is based on quantum many body theory with focus on large amplitude collective modes and quantum statistics of small systems. It is carried out in close collaboration with theoreticians and experimentalists at Notre Dame, in the US (ANL, LBNL, TUNL), and abroad (HGZ Dresden, Peking U., Charles U. Prague, Warsaw U.)

Selected Publications

“Chirality of nuclear rotation,” V.I. Dimitrov, S. Frauendorf, F.D. Dönau, Physical  Review Letters 84 (2000) 5732.

“Atomic Clusters as a Branch of Nuclear Physics,” S.G. Frauendorf and C. Guet, Annual Review of Nuclear and Particle Science  51 (2001) 219

“Spontaneous symmetry breaking in rotating nuclei,” S. Frauendorf, Review of Modern Physics 680 (2001) 463.

“Heart-shaped nuclei: Condensation of rotational-aligned octupole phonons,” S. Frauendorf, Physical Review C 77(2008) 021304

“Tidal Waves – a non-adiabatic microscopic description of the yrast states in near-spherical nuclei,” S. Frauendorf, Y. Gu, and J. Sun, International Journal of Modern Physics E-Nuclear Physics, 20 (2011)  465

“Pairing at high spin”, S. Frauendorf, Chapter 39 in “50 Years of BCS in Nuclear Physics”, ed. R. Broglia and V. V. Zelevinsky, (World Science Publ. Singapore, 2013)

“Transverse wobbling: A collective mode in odd- A triaxial nuclei”, S. Frauendorf, and F. Dönau, Physical Review C 89 (2014) 014322

“Overview of Neutron-Proton Pairing,” S. Frauendorf, A.O. Macchiavelli, Progress in Particle and Nuclear Physics, 78  (2014)  24   

“The low-energy quadrupole mode of nuclei”, S. Frauendorf International Journal of Modern Physics E-Nuclear Physics, 24 (2015) 1541001

“Low-Energy Magnetic Dipole Radiation in Open Shell Nuclei” R. Schwengner, S. Frauendorf, B. A. Brown, Physical Review Letters 118,  092502 (2017)

”Quasiparticle and γ -band structures in 156Dy ,“ S. Jehangir, G. H. Bhat, J. A. Sheikh, S. Frauendorf, S. N. T. Majola, P. A. Ganai, and J. F. Sharpey-Schafer, Physical Review C 97, 014310 (2018)

“Beyond_the_Unified_Model” S. Frauendorf, Physica_Scripta 93, 043003 (2018)


Honors and Activities:

  • Outstanding Referee of the American Physical Society, 2015
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2012
  • Fellow of American Physical Society since 2003
  • National Award for Scientific Achievements of the German Democratic Republic (1983)
  • Visiting Professor at the University of Tennessee (1981-82)


CV for Prof. Frauendorf (PDF file)