Bira van Kolck
I'm Professor at the
I'm also Affiliate Professor at the
My main research
is on Effective Field Theories (EFTs),
in particular their applications to problems at the interface between
particle and nuclear physics,
and to problems in molecular physics.
EFTs separate the energy scales in a physical system,
and use their small ratios as parameters for controlled expansions
of low-energy observables,
even in the presence of strong interactions among many bodies.
Nuclear systems are particularly interesting from a theoretical perspective as
they require selective summations of terms in these expansions,
while plenty of data exist to confront the theory.
For a few years I have been involved in deriving nuclear physics
from the underlying theory of strong interactions (QCD) in two stages:
the low-energy theory
--constrained only by symmetries, in particular
chiral symmetry-- is used to systematically construct amplitudes
involving nucleons in terms of parameters encoding the QCD dynamics,
which are fitted to experiment.
An extensive review of this effort is
Effective Field Theory of Nuclear Forces,
while a shorter one is
Recent Developments in Nuclear Effective Field Theory.
attempts are made to derive these parameters from QCD
using constraints from Regge asymptotics and the large-N limit,
in the context of both chiral quark and resonance models.
For a lucid discussion of the philosophical underpinnings of this approach,
S. Hartmann's article.
A particular aspect of my work
--charge symmetry breaking in pion production--
has been highlighted in
Nature Science Update,
(If you are open-minded, check out also
It was rated
the #49 top science story in 2003 by
More recently there has been a
story on time-reversal violation in the deuteron in
Waves and Packets and
This research program has been selected for an
Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship,
and also for an
Outstanding Junior Investigator Award in the
Division of Nuclear Physics of the
Office of Science,
US Department of Energy.
In 2004 I was elected
American Physical Society.
More about my research can be found in my
summary of research interests,
and, of course, in my
(inSpire citation summary,
Web of Science citations).
This is part of a broader
research program in the U of A Department of Physics.
Nuclear EFTs have become quite a popular field.
Early on, we organized two specialized
Nuclear Physics with Effective Field Theory,
Caltech in February 1998,
Nuclear Physics with Effective Field Theory: 1999,
held at the
INT in February 1999.
Proceedings of both the
second workshops have been
They offer a good sample of the basic developments in nuclear EFT.
Many other meetings on EFT-related issues
followed, including the epic
The Nuclear Interaction: Modern Developments at the
ECT* in the summer of 1999
and the much longer
on Theories of Nuclear Forces and Nuclear Systems in the Fall 2003
The most recent meeting was the
on Effective Field Theories in Particle and Nuclear Physics
in August/September 2009.
Nuclear EFT is now part of mainstream Chiral Perturbation Theory,
and is gradually being understood, and thus accepted, by nuclear physicists.
In the near future, I will be visiting/participating/speaking
Some of my past talks
can be found on the web.
Among other service activities, I am Past-Chair
APS Topical Group on
Few-Body Systems and Multiparticle Dynamics
and member of the editorial board of
Progress in Particle and Nuclear Physics.
Nuclear Physics Group at UA hosted the
DNP 2003 Fall Meeting in
In addition, we
and an informal EFT pizza lunch (formerly a
If driving, you can reach the
Physics and Atmospheric Sciences building at the
Tucson International Airport
or from I-10 by
directions and maps.
For rides from and to the airport,
Arizona Stagecoach offers convenient shuttle service.
For nearby accomodation try a hotel such as the
Sheraton Four Points
Marriott, or a bed & breakfast such as the
Sam Hughes Inn.
See also the
UA visitor information.
My approach to teaching
is described in my
summary of teaching experience and
I strongly believe in research as a teaching aid.
For example, I have worked with undergraduates in the
UW Physics REU Program
renormalization of singular potentials in quantum mechanics.
In the Fall 11 I taught
Nuclear Physics (PHYS 551),
and before that PHYS 261H.
Courses offered by the Department of Physics are
described in the
U of A Academic Catalogs.
These and other professional activities
I have been involved with are described
in my CV
But what I'm most proud of are
my sweet girls.
Laura is now an engineering student at
the University of Washington,
while Juliana, a former
world-record weight lifter,
works and lives with me in Tucson.
Theodorus van Kolck
Odette Lourencao van Kolck,
were psychologists, which perhaps explains something about me.
The Lorenzon family comes from Negrisia in
Ponte di Piave near
With the help Rob Timmermans,
and Paul Bonke,
I have traced my branch of the
Van Kolck family back to the 1500s in the
Next is a list of
links I find useful:
U of A
Tucson & AZ
Seattle & WA
Sao Paulo & Brazil
Nijmegen & the Netherlands
Radio, TV stations
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