Department of Physics
Professor Calvin W. Johnson
Some amusing quotes about research
In the department of self-promotion (which actually I shy away from but....)
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Science fiction and the human condition
Aug 9, 2017: I have a chapter in a book coming out, also available on the arXiv: "The anatomy of atomic nuclei." In addition, a new preprint is posted on the arXiv: "Tracing the evolution of nuclear forces under the similarity renormalization group"
March 5, 2017: My talk "Ab initio rotational bands in medium and heavy nuclei" from the TRIUMF workshop on "Progress on Ab Initio Techniques in Nuclear Physics" on is now available online.
Feb 22, 2017: Congratulations to Jordan Fox for winning a Parallel Computing Summer Research Internship at Los Alamos National Lab!
Feb 3, 2017: The paper on backbending has been published and is selected as an Editor's suggestion!
July 5, 2016: An e-print, "Quasi-dynamical symmetries in backbending the chromium isotopes," by Raul Herrera and C. W. Johnson has been posted on the arXiv.
Aug 31, 2015: "Systematics of strength function sum rules," : Phys. Lett. B 750, 72 (2015).
March 11, 2015: "Spin-orbit decomposition of ab initio nuclear wavefunctions" : Phys. Rev. C 91, 034313 (2015)
August 18, 2014: I have started a blog, for posting essays on science, science fiction, and related topics.
"Quasidynamical symmetries in the chromium isotopes," Phys. Rev. C 95, 024303 (2017).
"Systematics of strength function sum rules,": Phys. Lett. B 750, 72 (2015).
"Spin-orbit decomposition of ab initio nuclear wavefunctions" C. W. Johnson Phys. Rev. C 91, 034313 (2015)
"Isoscalar and isovector pairing in a formalism of quartets," M. Sambataro, N. Sandulescu, and C. W. Johnson, Phys. Lett B 740, 137 (2015).
"Factorization in large-scale many-body calculations," C. W.
Johnson, W. E. Ormand, and P. G. Krastev, Comp.
Phys. Comm. 184, 2761-2774 (2013), see also arXiv:1303:0905
This paper describes the algorithms underlying the
Other recent writing
"The Age of Discovery" (fiction, To Shape the Dark)
"Of the Beast in the Belly" (fiction at Asimov's SF magazine)
"Lives of the Elementary Particles" (fiction)
"What the Higgs Boson Means to Me" (poetry)