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Indiana University Bloomington

Charles J. Horowitz

Charles J. Horowitz Professor
Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics (Theoretical)

B.A., Harvey Mudd College, 1978.
Ph.D., Stanford, 1981.
Postdoctoral Position: Niels Bohr Institute

Phone: Swain West 233 (812)855-0303 | CEEM (812)855-2959
Email: horowit at

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I am a theoretical nuclear astorphysicist doing research on neutron rich dense matter, neutron star crusts, neutrino interactions in supernova explosions, and laboratory measurements of nuclear properties important for astrophysics. My research projects include:

  • New equations of state (pressure as a function of density and temperature) of dense matter for astrophysical simulations of supernovae, neutron star mergers, and black hole formation.

  • Large scale molecular dynamics simulations of the dense matter in neutron star crusts. See, for example, a Newscientist web article Star crust is 10 billion times stronger than steel.

  • The Lead Radius Experiment (PREX) to measure the neutron radius of the heavy nucleus 208Pb via parity violating electron scattering. See for example a ScienceMag article Physicsits measure the skin of a nucleus

  • Organizing a number of conferences in nuclear physics, astrophysics and fundamental symmetries.

  • Selected Publications