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Christopher Plumberg

Christopher Plumberg

Assistant Professor of Physics
Natural Science, Seaver College
RAC 143

Biography

Christopher Plumberg obtained his PhD in physics in 2016 from The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. He has held three postdoctoral research positions: at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities in Minneapolis, MN; at Lund University in Lund, Sweden; and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Urbana, IL.

Christopher’s research focuses on theoretical high-energy nuclear physics at extremely large temperatures and densities. He specializes in the use of high-performance computing and relativistic fluid dynamics to describe the behavior of nuclear collisions at (nearly) the speed of light. He has published research on the space-time evolution and charge diffusion processes in nuclear collisions, the consequences of causality violations in collision simulations, and the signatures of a critical point in nuclear matter. His work provides a deeper understanding of the forces which hold the atomic nucleus together.

Christopher is also deeply interested in Christian apologetics, the philosophy of physics and mathematics, and the ways in which science itself points to the existence of the Creator. He currently lives in Camarillo with his wife Allyson and their three children.

Education

  • PhD Physics, The Ohio State University, 2016

J. I. Kapusta, C. Plumberg and T. Welle, Embedding a critical point in a hadron to quark-gluon crossover equation of state, Phys. Rev. C 106, 014909 (2022). 

E. R. Most, S. P. Harris, C. Plumberg, M. G. Alford, J. Noronha, J. Noronha-Hostler, F. Pretorius, H. Witek and N. Yunes, Projecting the likely importance of weak-interaction-driven bulk viscosity in neutron star mergers, Mon. Not. Roy. Astron. Soc. 509, 1096-1108 (2021).

S. Pratt and C. Plumberg, Charge Balance Functions for Heavy-Ion Collisions at LHC Energies, Charge balance functions for heavy-ion collisions at energies available at the CERN Large Hadron Collider, Phys. Rev. C 104, 014906 (2021). 

C. Plumberg, D. Almaalol, T. Dore, J. Noronha and J. Noronha-Hostler, Causality violations in realistic simulations of heavy-ion collisions, Phys. Rev. C 105, L061901 (2022). 

N. Summerfield, B. N. Lu, C. Plumberg, D. Lee, J. Noronha-Hostler and A. Timmins, 16O16O at RHIC and the LHC comparing α-clustering vs substructure, Phys. Rev. C 104, L041901 (2021). 

C. Plumberg, Hanbury-Brown--Twiss interferometry and collectivity in p+p, p+Pb, and Pb+Pb collisions, Phys. Rev. C 102, 054908 (2020). 

J. Adolfsson, et al., QCD Challenges from pp to A-A Collisions, Eur. Phys. J. A 56, 288 (2020).

M. Bluhm, et al., Dynamics of critical fluctuations: Theory - phenomenology - heavy-ion collisions, Nucl. Phys. A 1003, 122016 (2020).

Courses

  • Physics I
  • Modern Physics