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Joseph Kapusta

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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 200 articles in physics journals and conference proceedings. Nineteen 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, neutron stars, the early universe, and black holes.

Advisees and Collaborators

Aritra De, Research Assistant
Aditya Dhumuntarao, NSF Fellow
Rafid Mahbub, Teaching Assistant
Thomas Welle, Research Assistant

Selected Publications

S. P. Bartz, A. Dhumuntarao and J. I. Kapusta, ''Dynamical AdS/Yang-Mills Model'', Phys. Rev. D 98, 026019 (2018)

J. I. Kapusta and C. Plumberg, ''Causal Electric Charge Diffusion and Balance Functions in Relativistic Heavy Ion Collisions'', Phys. Rev. C 97, 014906 (2018)

C. Plumberg and J. I. Kapusta, ''Hydrodynamic Fluctuations Near a Critical Endpoint and Hanbury Brown-Twiss Interferometry'', Phys. Rev. C C 95, 044910 (2017)

L. P. Csernai, J. I. Kapusta and T. Welle, ''Lambda and anti-Lambda Spin Interaction with Meson Fields Generated by the Baryon Current in High Energy Nuclear Collisions'', Phys. Rev. C 99, 021901(R) (2019)

P. Chakraborty and J. Kapusta, ''Departure from Equilibrium of the Quasi-Particle Distribution Functions in High Energy Nuclear Collisions'', Phys. Rev. C 95, 014907 (2017)

M. Albright and J. Kapusta, ''Quasiparticle Theory of Transport Coefficients for Hadronic Matter at Finite Temperature and Baryon Density'', Phys. Rev. C 93, 014903 (2016)

M. Li and J. Kapusta, ''Large Baryon Densities Achievable in High Energy Heavy Ion Collisions outside the Central Rapidity Region'', Phys. Rev. C 99, 014906 (2019)

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

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

My Academic Geneology, [download Kapusta academic geneology.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.