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Carla Fröhlich

Associate Professor


Professor Fröhlich received her PhD in Physics in 2007 from the University of Basel in Switzerland. She spent 3 years as Enrico Fermi Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago before joining the faculty at NC State University in 2010 as an assistant professor.

She works in theoretical nuclear astrophysics, focusing on the origin of the elements. Her work includes studying core collapse supernovae as nucleosynthesis site, identifying critical nuclear and neutrino physics for nucleosynthesis icoseconds, abundances in metal-poor halo stars, and the origin of the elements heavier than iron. Her main contributions are the discovery of a new nucleosynthesis process, the neutrino-pprocess, which for the first time allows to explain the observed abundances in the most metal-poor stars, and the prediction of neutron star mass and nickel yields from core collapse supernova simulations.

Select Publications

Neutrino signal from pair-instability supernovae
Phys. Rev. D 96 , 3008 (2017)

Pair-instability Supernova Simulations: Progenitor Evolution, Explosion, and Light Curves
ApJ 846 , 100 (2017)

Fast evolving pair-instability supernova models: evolution, explosion, light curves
Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc 464 , 2854 (2017)

Beta decay of deformed r-process nuclei near A=80 and A=160, including odd-A and odd-odd nuclei, with the Skyrme finite-amplitude method
Phys. Rev. C 94 , 5802 (2016)

PUSHing Core-collapse Supernovae to Explosions in Spherical Symmetry I: the Model and the Case of SN 1987A
Astrophysical Journal 806 , 275 (2015)

Supernovae, neutrinos, and nucleosynthesis
Journal of Physics G 41 , 4003 (2014)

Constraining the astrophysical origin of the p-nuclei through nuclear physics and meteoritic data
Reports on Progress in Physics 76 , 066201 (2013)

"Neutrino-Induced Nucleosynthesis of A>64 Nuclei: The nu-p-process"
PRL 96, 142502 (2006)

Book Publications

"Origin of the Elements"
Planets, Asteriods, Comets and The Solar System, Volume 2 of Treatise on Geochemistry (Second Edition). Elsevier, p.1-14, 2014.

Honors & Awards

  • 2016 Cottrell Scholar Collaborative Award
  • 2015 Scialog Fellow, Research Corporation
  • 2014 Cottrell Scholar
  • 2003 DOE CAREER Award
  • 2001 Powe Faculty Enhancement Award (ORAU)
  • 2007 Dissertation Prize (Swiss Physical Society)