Postdoctoral Research Associate, TRIUMF
I study the atomic nucleus as a many-body system. In particular, I investigate how many-body correlations affect nuclear structure and reactions. A natural way of describing nuclei as many-body systems is through Green's functions, which form the foundation of the dispersive optical model (DOM). Using experimental data as a starting point, the DOM provides insight into properties of nuclei such as momentum distributions, spectroscopic factors, neutron skins, and energy densities. I am very interested in extending my work to describe nuclear reactions starting from the nucleon-nucleon (NN) interaction. To this end, I am using two different approaches. I am working toward an optical potential built from the nucleon-nucleon interaction that can be compared with the DOM in addition to working with the no-core shell model with continuum (NCSMC) to describe nuclear reactions involving light nuclei.