Department of Physics
Professor Calvin W. Johnson
The Eightfold group as of October 2018: Changfeng, Ryan, Raul, Sasha, Jordan, Oliver, Ken, Stephanie.
Advice for students
Some amusing quotes about research
The BIGSTICK shell-model code
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Science fiction and the human condition
Sept 20, 2018: A new e-print conference
proceeding on large-basis diagonalization of the shell model.
Aug 20, 2018: A new e-print with Dr. Changfeng Jiao on the arXiv: “Convergence and efficiency of angular momentum projection for many-body systems” arXiv:1808.05672
Apr 9, 2018: I have been appointed an associate editor at Physical Review C
Mar 29,2018: A paper, Transition sum rules in the shell model, has been published and is now online!
Mar 2, 2018: I have been named an outstanding referee by the American Physical Society.
25, 2018: BIGSTICK, an
interacting shell-model code, has finally been publically
released as free, open-source code!
Dec 1, 2017: A paper, Projection of angular momentum by linear algebra, co-written with former SDSU physics major Kevin O'Mara, published and now online!
Nov 27, 2017: Paper published: "Tracing the evolution of nuclear forces under the similarity renormalization group" Phys. Lett. B. 774, 465-469 (2017).
Oct 9, 2017: A new paper on the arXiv, "Transition sum rules in the shell model."
Sept 14, 2017: My story, "Of the Beast in the Belly," has been anthologized in an audiobook collection, "Year's Top Hard Science Fiction Stories."
Sept 13, 2017: A new paper on the arXiv, "Projection of angular momentum by linear algebra," co-written with former SDSU physics major Kevin O'Mara: Update: accepted for publication in Phys. Rev. C!
Sept 12, 2017: Congratulations to Raul Herrera, (UCSD physics grad student but part of my group) who has been awarded a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) grant to spend 4 months at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab working on his thesis research, focusing on Gamow-Teller transitions above A = 65. These are highly competitive grants, and winning one is a tremendous achievement!
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.
"Projection of angular momentum by linear algebra," C. W. Johnson and K. D. O'Mara, Phys. Rev. C 96, 064304 (2017)
"Quasidynamical symmetries in the chromium isotopes," R. Herrera and C. W. Johnson, 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)