I perform large-scale ab-initio calculations of light nuclei using as input realistic QCD-inspired nuclear interactions. The role of two- and three-body nuclear forces is studied as a function of increasing mass number. For instance, it has been found that the three-body force is responsible for a number of observables such as the correct energy level ordering of Boron-10. In my PhD I used a basis-truncation method to extend calculations to larger mass numbers. Furthermore, I did a detailed study of the uncertainties in the extrapolated ground-state energies.
Honors and Awards
- Galileo Circle award (2012)
- Galileo Circle award (2009)
Selected (Recent) Publications
M.K.G Kruse, E. D. Jurgenson et al, "Extrapolation uncertainties in the importance-truncated No-Core Shell Model", in preparation.
S. A. Coon, M. I. Avetian, M. K. G. Kruse, U. van Kolck, P. Maris, and J. P. Vary "Convergence properties of ab initio calculations of light nuclei in a harmonic oscillator basis" Phys. Rev. C 86, 054002 –2012
Ph.D. - University of Arizona 2012
Bachelor (hons) - University of Pretoria (South Africa) 2007
Bachelor - University of Pretoria (South Africa) 2004