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Gail McLaughlin



Professor McLaughlin received her PhD in 1996 from the University of California San Diego. She was a postdoctoral research associate first at the Institute for Nuclear Theory at the University of Washington from 1996-1998, and then at TRIUMF from 1998-2000.

From 2000-2001, she was a research scientist at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. She joined NC State University in 2001 as an Assistant Professor, and became an Associate Professor in 2005.

She works in the areas of nuclear and particle astrophysics. This includes neutrinos in astrophysical environments, both their effect on the environment as well as the potential for detecting the neutrinos which make their way to earth. It includes also element synthesis, the study of how neutrons and protons combine to make elements in particular astrophysical environments. She is known for her work on neutrino interactions during the formation of the rapid neutron capture elements, theoretical studies of the detection of supernova neutrinos, and work on theories which create a neutrino magnetic moment.

Select Publications

McLaughlin, G. C., Fetter, J., Balantekin, A. B. and Fuller, G. M., Phys Rev, C59 2873 (1999)
"An Active-Sterile Neutrino Transformation Solution for r-Process Nucleosynthesis"

Surman, R. S. and McLaughlin, G. C. and Hix, W. R., Astrophys. J. 643, 1057 (2006)
"Nucleosynthesis from Gamma Ray Burst accretion disks"

Jachowicz, N. and McLaughlin, G. C., Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 172301 (2006)
"What low-energy beta-beams can tell about supernova explosions"

Kneller, J. and McLaughlin, G. C., Phys Rev D77 045023 (2007)
"Oscillation E?ects and Time Variation of the Supernova Neutrino Signal"

Gava, J., Kneller, J., Volpe, C and McLaughlin, G. C., Phys. Rev. Lett. L109 , 071101 (2009)
"A dynamical collective calculation of supernova signals"

Kizivat, L. T., Martinez-Pinedo, G., Langanke, K., Surman, R., & McLaughlin, G. C., Phys Rev D81 0556-2813 (2010)
"Gamma-ray bursts black hole accretion disks as a site for the nu p process."

Surman, R., McLaughlin, G. C., & Sabbatino, N., Astrophysical Journal, 743, pp. 155 (2011)
"Nucleosynthesis of nickel-56 from gamma-ray burst accretion disks."

Mumpower, M. R., McLaughlin, G. C., & Surman, R. , Phys Rev C85 045801 (2012)
"Formation of the rare-earth peak: Gaining insight into late-time r-process dynamics."

Kneller, J. P., McLaughlin, G. C., & Patton, K. M., J. of Phys G40, 5 (2013)
"Stimulated neutrino transformation with sinusoidal density profiles"

Surman, R., Caballero, O. L., McLaughlin, G. C., Just, O., & Janka, H. T., J. of Phys G41, 4 (2014)
"Production of Ni-56 in black hole-neutron star merger accretion disc outflows"

Mumpower, M. R., Surman, R., McLaughlin, G. C., & Aprahamian, A, Proggress in Particle and Nuclear Physics, 86, pp.86-126 (2016)
"The impact of individual nuclear properties on r-process nucleosynthesis"

Zhu, Y. L., Perego, A., & McLaughlin, G. C., Phys Rev, D94 105006 (2016)
"Matter-neutrino resonance transitions above a neutron star merger remnant"

Shafer, T., Engel, J., Frohlich, C., McLaughlin, G. C., Mumpower, M., & Surman, R., Phys Rev, C94 055802 (2016)
"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"

Mumpower, M. R., McLaughlin, G. C., Surman, R., & Steiner, A. W., Journal of Physics, G44 034003 (2017)
"Reverse engineering nuclear properties from rare earth abundances in the r process"

Honors & Awards

She received an Outstanding Junior faculty Award from the Department of Energy, 2002-2007, and was also offered an NSF CAREER award in 2002. She has served on a number of committees which advise on policy nationally, such as the Nuclear Physics committee for Implementation the Long Range Plan, the committee which created the report "A Vision for Nuclear Theory", and the executive committee of the APS Division of Nuclear Physics. She is a member of the American Physical Society, the American Astronomical Society, Sigma Xi and AAAS. She is a member of the editorial board for Journal of Physics G.