Michael Bender

Directeur de Recherche CNRS

Centre d'Etudes Nucléaires de Bordeaux Gradignan
Physique Théorique
Chemin du Solarium
Le Haut-Vigneau
BP 120
F-33175 Gradignan Cedex, France
Phone: +33 (0) 5 57 12 07 78
FAX: +33 (0) 5 57 12 08 01
e-mail: bender(at)cenbg.in2p3.fr
(replace (at) with @ in the e-mail address)

I am working on theoretical nuclear structure physics from a mean-field point of view.

Some pictures of me demonstrating the hard labour of understanding the mysteries of nature (and the creative chaos that comes with it)

Here, you find nearly everything you always wanted to know about self-consistent nuclear mean-field models but were afraid to ask.

I am currently interested in the (in random order)
  • development of multi-reference energy density functional methods
    (also known as "beyond-mean-field methods")
  • configuration mixing
  • construction of effective interactions
  • shape coexistence
  • large-amplitude collective motion
  • evolution of shell structure with N and Z
  • shell structure and stability of superheavy nuclei
  • description of odd-mass nuclei
  • description of pair correlations
Among my favorite tools for their investigation are
  • energy density functional methods
  • local energy density functionals ("Skyrme interactions")
  • relativistic mean-field methods
  • Bogoliubov, BCS and LN pairing models
  • generator coordinate methods
  • symmetry restoration methods
  • linear response techniques
  • quasiparticle random-phase approximation
  • shell correction method
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