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Joseph Kapusta

Professor/Director of Graduate Studies

PHYS 342D (office), 624-0506
kapusta @ • vitae


Professor Kapusta has been a faculty member in the School of Physics and Astronomy since 1982. He enjoys teaching physics at all levels, from the introductory freshman-level to the most advanced research-oriented course for graduate students. His main research areas are in theoretical nuclear and particle physics. He has published several books and more than 190 articles in physics journals and conference proceedings. Fifteen students have earned their Ph.D. under his supervision. He has been an Associate Editor for Physical Review since 1997. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Summary of Interests
Quantum field theory at finite temperature and density with applications to high energy nuclear collisions, astrophysics, and cosmology.

About My Work

Professor Kapusta does theoretical research on the properties of matter and radiation at high energy-density using relativistic quantum field theory. He is also doing research on the anti-de Sitter - conformal field theory correspondence arising from D-branes in string theory, and on the thermodynamics of nonlocal field theories arising from string theory.

The physical theories of primary interest include QCD, effective hadronic field theories, electroweak theory, and nonlocal field theories. The physical environments in which they play a role include high energy nuclear collisions, the early universe, and black holes.

Advisees and Collaborators

Michael Albright, Research Assistant
Sean Bartz, Research Assistant
Yusuf Buyukdag, Teaching Assistant
Abraham Reddy, Teaching Assistant
Clint Young, Research Associate

Selected Publications

Joseph Kapusta and Charles Gale, ''Finite Temperature Field Theory'', Cambridge University Press [abstract] [download C:\books\Book TOC Preface.pdf]

J. I. Kapusta and J. M. Torres-Rincon, Thermal Conductivity and Chiral Critical Point in Heavy Ion Collisions, Phys. Rev. C 86, 054911 (2012)

T. Biswas, J. I. Kapusta, and A. Reddy, Thermodynamics of String Field Theory Motivated Nonlocal Models, JHEP 12, 008 (2012) [download ftsft27JHEPcopy.pdf]

T. M. Kelley, S. P. Bartz, and J. I. Kapusta, Pseudoscalar Mass Spectrum in a Soft-Wall Model of AdS/QCD, Physical Review D 83, 016002 (2011)

P. Chakraborty and J. I. Kapusta, Quasi-Particle Theory of Shear and Bulk Viscosities of Hadronic Matter, Physical Review C 83, 014906 (2011)

Joseph I. Kapusta, “Accelerator Disaster Scenarios, the Unabomber, and Scientific Risks”, Physics in Perspective 10, 163 (2008) [abstract] [download C:\papers\Disasters\Disasters.pdf]

Joseph Kapusta, Berndt Muller and Johann Rafeslki, ''Quark-Gluon Plasma: Theoretical Foundations'', Elsevier [abstract] [download C:\books\reprint_volume\QGP-TOC-Preface.pdf]


B.A., Mathematics and Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1974.
M.A. Physics, University of California, Berkeley, 1976.
Ph.D. Physics, University of California, Berkeley, 1978.