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Christopher R. Gould

Emeritus Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor of Physics


Professor Gould received his BSc degree from Imperial College in London, and his PhD in experimental nuclear physics in 1969 from the University of Pennsylvania. He joined the faculty of NC State University in 1971. He served as Head of the Physics Department from 1995 to 2005, and as Associate Dean for Administration in the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences from 2005 to 2013. For the 2013-2104 academic year, he served as Interim Head of Biological Sciences in the newly formed College of Sciences. Following retirement in 2016, he took a two-year IPA position with the Office of Science, US Department of Energy, serving as program manager for the nuclear structure and nuclear astrophysics programs in the Office of Nuclear Physics. His research interests have focused on investigations of fundamental symmetries in nuclear physics, and more recently on the implications of the Oklo natural nuclear reactors for dark energy and possible time variation of fundamental constants. He co-advised the 1992 APS Division of Nuclear Physics dissertation award winner James Koster, for his work on precision studies of parity-even time-reversal-invariance in polarized neutron scattering from spin aligned Holmium-165. He was a founding member of the Los Alamos TRIPLE collaboration which observed the largest parity violation signal seen in epithermal neutron resonance scattering in heavy nuclei. He advised the first US student to receive a PhD on the KamLAND project in Japan, the first experiment to observe flavor oscillations in neutrinos emitted by nuclear reactors.

Select Publications | Complete List Of Publications

"Oklo Reactors and Implications for Nuclear Science"
Review, E.D. Davis, C.R. Gould, and E.I. Sharapov, International Journal of Modern Physics E, 23 (2014) 1430007 pp 1:32

"Gamma ray fluxes in Oklo natural reactors"
C.R. Gould, A.A. Sonzogni and E. I Sharapov, Physical Review C 86, 054602 (2012)

"Re-analysis of recent neutron diffusion and transmission measurements in nuclear graphite"
C.R. Gould, A. I. Hawari, and E.I. Sharapov, Nuclear Science and Engineering 165, 200-209 (2010)

"Time-variability of alpha from realistic models of Oklo reactors"
C.R. Gould, E.I. Sharapov, and S.K. Lamoreaux, Physical Review C74 024607 (2006)

"Measurement of Neutrino Oscillation with KamLAND: Evidence of Spectral Distortion"
T Araki et al (KamLAND collaboration), Physical Review Letters 94, 081801 (2005)

"Time Reversal Invariance in Nuclear Physics: From Neutrons to Stochastic Systems"
C.R. Gould and E.D. Davis in "CP Violation in Particle, Nuclear and Astrophysics" M. Beyer editor (Lecture Notes in Physics volume 591, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2002) 206-236

Honors & Awards

  • 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics - KamLAND collaboration
  • 2008 President's Award, RTI-International "For outstanding contributions as an integral member of the Research Triangle Energy consortium (RTEC) operating Committee".
  • 2003 College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences African American Affairs/ Multi Cultural Affairs Department Head award
  • 2000 College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences recipient of the UNC Board of Governors College Awards for North Carolina State University
  • 1993 Fellow of the American Physical Society
  • 1990 North Carolina State University Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor
  • 1990-1991 Associated Western Universities Sabbatical Leave Fellowship for Research at Los Alamos Meson Physics Facility
  • 1976-1977 Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship, Universitat Frankfurt