B.S., 2008, Physics and Mathematics, summa cum laude, Xavier University
Ph.D., 2014, Physics, University of Minnesota
I study theoretical nuclear physics. In particular, I am interested in strongly-interacting regimes where traditional techniques of particle and nuclear physics cannot be applied. One such situation occurs when nuclear matter is brought to extremely high temperatures of about a trillion degrees and nuclei "melt." This creates a new state of matter known as the quark-gluon plasma (QGP). Experimentally, this phase is created in particle accelerators that collide heavy ions such as gold or uranium. To study the conditions that cause nuclei to melt, as well as the properties of the QGP, I use an extra-dimensional model inspired by string theory (known by various names including AdS/CFT, AdS/QCD, and holographic QCD). Surprisingly, working in 5 dimensions makes the math easier! I also use computational techniques to analyze the outcomes of this model. If you are interested in learning more about nuclear physics, please email me or visit me in my office.
1. A dynamical AdS/Yang-Mills model, S.P. Bartz, A. Dhumuntarao, and J.I. Kapusta, arXiv preprint arXiv:1801.06118, in press at Phys. Rev. D (2018).
2. Chiral phase transition at finite chemical potential in 2+1-flavor soft-wall anti-de Sitter space QCD, S.P. Bartz and T. Jacobson, Phys. Rev. C 97, 044908 (2018).
3. Chiral phase transition and meson melting in a soft-wall AdS/QCD model, S.P. Bartz and T. Jacobson, Phys. Rev. D 94, 075022 (2016).
4. Dynamical three-field AdS/QCD model, S.P. Bartz and J.I. Kapusta, Phys. Rev. D 90, 074034 (2014).
5. Pseudoscalar mass spectrum in a soft-wall model of AdS/QCD , T.M. Kelley, S.P. Bartz, and J.I. Kapusta, Phys. Rev. D 83, 016002 (2011).
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