Visiting a close colleague at the JSC. My full CV is available, as well as my teaching statement and stance on diversity.
I am currently a research assistant professor at the Maryland Center for Fundamental Physics, part of the University of Maryland. I do computational physics.
I employ lattice gauge theory to study few-nucleon systems and other strongly-coupled problems which must be solved numerically. My interests are quite broad; spanning neutrinoless double beta decay, fundamental symmetries, axion cosmology, two-nucleon systems from QCD, the Hubbard model, algorithmic improvements, and gauge/gravity duality. I dabble in quantum computing.
Lists below are ordered so that the most recent item is first.
- 2013 Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Maryland, College Park. Defended 8 April 2013, awarded 19 May 2013.
- 2008 S.B. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, GPA 4.8/5.0.
- 2004 Hunter College High School, with honors in mathematics and physics.
- Postdoctoral Researcher, Institut für Kernphysik and Institute for Advanced Simulation at Forschungszentrum Jülich, 2016-2019.
- Postdoctoral Researcher, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 2013-2016.
- Graduate Research Assistant, Theory of Quarks, Hadrons, and Nuclei group in the Maryland Center for Fundamental Physics, 2008-2013.
- Undergraduate Researcher - Waves and Beams, Plasma Science and Fusion Center, MIT, Summer 2007.
- Undergraduate Researcher - Applied Mathematics Fluids Laboratory, MIT, Summer 2006.
Grants, Honors & Awards
- 700k Summit node-hours, INCITE 2019, as co-PI for The Proton’s Structure and the Search for New Physics.
- Dr. Klaus Erkelenz Preis for Aspects of Nuclear Physics from Lattice QCD
- Gordon Bell Award Finalist for Simulating the weak death of the neutron in a femtoscale universe with near-Exascale computing
- 2.1M hours, Jülich Supercomputing Center, Hypernuclei and the Three-Neutron System from Lattice QCD
- 65M hours, NERSC 2018 ERCAP Allocation for A variational Determination of Two-Nucleon Elastic Scattering at MeV from Lattice QCD
- 11.3M core-hours, Jülich Supercomputing Center as PI for Hypernuclei and the Three-Neutron System from Lattice QCD.
- 6.5M Hours, NERSC 2017 ERCAP allocation #91232 as co-PI for “Implementing Improved Operators for Lattice QCD Calculations of Two-Nucleon Elastic Scattering”.
- Honorable Mention in the 2016 Gravity Research Foundation Awards for Essays on Gravitation for A Microscopic Description of Black Hole Evaporation via Holography
- 64M Core-Hours, INCITE 2016, as co-PI for “First Lattice QCD Calculation of the I=2 Two-Nucleon Parity Violating Amplitude”
- 17.46M CPU-Hours, NERSC 2015 ERCAP allocation, for “First Lattice QCD Calculation of the I=2 Two-Nucleon Parity Violating Amplitude”
- 10M CPU-Hours, NERSC 2014 allocation #88503, as co-PI for “Lattice QCD Investigation of Hadronic Parity Violation”.
- Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship, University of Maryland, Spring 2013.
- JSA/Jefferson Lab Graduate Fellow, 2011-2012
- Departmental Fellowship 2008-2010, Physics Department, University of Maryland
- ΣΠΣ, 2008 Class at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
A complete list of my publications is in my CV.
You can look at my author pages on the arχiv, inspireHEP, Research Gate or Google Scholar. I try to keep my ORCID current.My Erdős number is at most 5, through Tom Cohen.
- Jan-Lukas Wynen, Evan Berkowitz, Christopher Körber, Timo A. Lähde, and Thomas Luu. Avoiding Ergodicity Problems in Lattice Discretizations of the Hubbard Model, 2018. cond-mat.str-el/1812.09268
- Evan Berkowitz, M.A. Clark, Arjun Gambhir, Ken McElvain, Amy Nicholson, Enrico Rinaldi, Pavlos Vranas, André Walker-Loud, Chia Cheng Chang, Bálint Joó, Thorsten Kurth, Kostas Orginos. Simulating the weak death of the neutron in a femtoscale universe with near-Exascale computing. hep-lat/1810.01609. 2018 Gordon Bell Finalist.
- Amy Nicholson, Evan Berkowitz, Henry Monge-Camacho, David Brantley, N. Garron, Chia Cheng Chang, Enrico Rinaldi, M.A. Clark, Bálint Joó, Thorsten Kurth, Brian Tiburzi, Pavlos Vranas, and André Walker-Loud. Heavy Physics Contributions to Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay from QCD. nucl-th/1805.02634
I wrote an introduction to our work on the axial coupling; more media coverage is linked to at the bottom of that description.
- Chia Cheng Chang, Amy Nicholson, Enrico Rinaldi, Evan Berkowitz, Nicholas Garron, David A. Brantley, H. Monge-Camacho, Chris Monahan, Chris Bouchard, M.A. Clark, Bálint Joó, Thorsten Kurth, Kostas Orginos, Pavlos Vranas, and André Walker-Loud. A per-cent-level determination of the nucleon axial coupling from Quantum Chromodynamics. Nature, 2018.
- Evan Berkowitz, Christopher Körber, Stefan Krieg, Peter Labus, Timo Lähde, and Thomas Luu. Extracting the single-particle gap in Carbon nanotubes with Lattice Quantum Monte Carlo. EPJ(LATTICE2017)319, 2017. hep-lat/1710.06213.
- Christopher Körber, Evan Berkowitz, and Thomas Luu. Sampling General N-Body Interactions with Auxiliary Fields. EPL(Europhysics Letters), 119(6):60006, 2017. nucl-th/1706.06494
Covered by The Next Platform! Here's a brief description.
- Evan Berkowitz.
METAQ: Bundle Supercomputing Tasks. 2017. physics.comp-ph/1702.06122.
- Evan Berkowitz, Enrico Rinaldi, Masanori Hanada, Goro Ishiki, Shinji Shimasaki, and Pavlos Vranas. Precision lattice test of the gauge/gravity duality at large N. Phys. Rev. D 94:094501, Nov 2016, hep-lat/1606.04951.
Weirdly, covered by a major Russian news outlet.
- Evan Berkowitz, Masanori Hanada, and Jonathan Maltz. A Microscopic Description of Black Hole Evaporation via Holography. International Journal of Modern Physics D, 2016, hep-th/1603.03055. Honorable Mention in Gravity Research Foundation 2016 Essay Competition.
- Evan Berkowitz, Thorsten Kurth, Amy Nicholson, Bálint Joó, Enrico Rinaldi, Mark Strother, Pavlos M. Vranas, and André Walker-Loud. Two-Nucleon Higher Partial Wave Scattering from Lattice QCD. Physics Letters B, 765:285 – 292, 2017, hep-lat/1508.00886.
- Evan Berkowitz, Michael I. Buchoff, and Enrico Rinaldi. Lattice QCD Input for Axion Cosmology. Phys. Rev. D 92:034507, 2015. hep-lat/1505.07455.
Stealth Dark Matter made its way into various popular outlets, including space.com and the Italian edition of Scientific American.
- Appelquist et alia (The LSD Collaboration). Detecing Stealth Dark Matter Directly through Electromagnetic Polarizability. Phys. Rev. Lett. 115:171803 2015, hep-ph/1503.04205. PRL Editor’s Suggestion.
- Appelquist et alia (The LSD Collaboration). Composite Bosonic Baryon Dark Matter on the Lattice: SU(4) Baryon Spectrum and the Effective Higgs Interaction. 2014, Phys. Rev. D, 89:094508 2014. hep-lat/1402.6656.
- Evan Berkowitz. Some Novel Phenomena at High Density. PhD thesis, University of Maryland, College Park, April 2013.
- Paulo F. Bedaque, Evan Berkowitz, and Srimoyee Sen. Thermodynamics of Nuclear Condensates and Phase Transitions in White Dwarfs. Phys. Rev. D, 89:045010 2014, astro-ph/1206.1059.
Written up in the Technology Review arXiv blog.
- Paulo F. Bedaque, Evan Berkowitz, and Aleksey Cherman. Nuclear Condensate and Helium White Dwarfs. The Astrophysical Journal, 749(1):5, 2012. nucl-th/1111.1343.
Only a small sampling; a complete list of my talks can be found in my CV.
- Axion Bounds from Pure Glue
- Calm Multi-Baryon Operators
- Job Management and Task Bundling
- The Nucleon Axial Charge from Lattice QCD
- Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay from Lattice QCD
- Supergravity from Gauge Theory
- Nucleon-Nucleon Scattering at \(m_\pi=800\)MeV
- Black Holes and Matrix Models
- Lattice QCD Input to Axion Cosmology
- Nuclear Physics from First Principles
- Scattering Observables from Finite Volumes – A Gentle Introduction to Lüscher’s Method
- Nuclear condensation of dense helium
- Vortons: Stable Vortex Loops
- Vortons at High Density
I love to teach and do not consider it to be a “distraction from research”, but rather a crucial part of doing physics that helps me clarify my understanding and allows me to spread my passion to others.
- School on Lattice Practices 2018
- Instructor, Physics 653 Seminar on Symmetries and Symmetry Breaking in Particle and Nuclear Physics, University of Bonn.
- Substitute Lecturer, Theoretical Hadron Physics at the University of Bonn, 2017.
- Substitute Lecturer, Graduate Electrodynamics and Quantum Mechanics, 2009-2013.
- Research Mentor for two high school students, Summer 2011.
- Teaching Assistant, Mechanics and Particle Dynamics, Spring 2009.
- Teaching Assistant, Inquiry into Physics, Spring 2009.
- Teaching Assistant, Fundamentals of Physics I, Fall 2008.
- Instructor and certifier of record: PADI Open Water Diver Course, Summer 2005.
Conferences, Meetings & Workshops
- Atomic Nuclei as Laboratories for BSM Physics, ECT*, Trento, Italy.
- Particle Physics with Neutrons at the ESS, NORDITA, Stockholm, Sweden.
- Particle Physics with Cold and Ultracold Neutrons, Physikzentrum Bad Honnef, Bad Honnef, Germany
- School on Lattice Practices 2018, Jülich Supercomputing Center, Jülich, Germany
- Quantum Gravity meets Lattice QFT ECT*, Trento, Italy
- XIII Quark Confinement and the Hadron Spectrum, Maynooth University, Maynooth, Ireland, August 1 - 6, 2018.
- LATTICE 2018, East Lansing, Michigan, July 22 - 28, 2018.
- XXII International Conference on Few-Body Problems in Physics(FB22), Caen France, July 9 - 13, 2018.
- Numerical Approaches to Holography, Quantum Gravity, and Cosmology, Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics, Edinburgh, Scottland, May 21 - 24, 2018.
- Nonperturbative and Numerical Approaches to Quantum Gravity, String Theory, and Holography, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bangalore, India, January 27 - February 3, 2018.
- Technical Advances in Lattice Field Theory, CP3-Origins, Odense, Denmark, December 4-8, 2017.
- Axions at the Crossroads: QCD, Dark Matter, Astrophysics, ECT*, Trento, Italy, November 20-24, 2017.
- Computational Sciences and Reality, Physikzentrum Bad Honnef, Bad Honnef, Germany, October 4-6, 2017.
- Neutrinoless Double-beta Decay and Lattice QCD Input for Neutrinoless Double-β Decay, Institute for Nuclear Theory, Seattle WA, July 2017.
- LATTICE 2017, Granada, Spain, June 18-24, 2017.
- OLCF User’s Meeting, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge TN, May 23-25, 2017.
- Matter over Antimatter: The Sakharov Conditions after 50 Years, Lorentz Center, Leiden, The Netherlands, May 8-12 2017.
- Frontiers in Nuclear Physics, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, Santa Barbara CA, Summer 2016.
- LATTICE 2016, University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom, July 2016.
- Nuclear Physics from Lattice QCD INT-16-1, Institute for Nuclear Theory, Seattle WA, Spring 2016.
- Intersections of BSM Phenomenology and QCD for New Physics Searches INT-15-3, Institute for Nuclear Theory, Seattle WA, October 2015.
- Numerical Approaches to the Holographic Principle, Quantum Gravity and Cosmology, Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, July 2015.
- LATTICE 2015, Kobe, Japan, July 2015.
- Lattice for Beyond the Standard Model Physics, LLNL, Livermore CA, April 2015.
- USQCD QUDA Workshop, Fermilab, Batavia IL, December 2014.
- 2014 SciDAC Meeting, Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Washington DC, July 2014.
- LATTICE 2014
- Lattice Meets Experiment 2013: Beyond the Standard Model, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Brookhaven NY, December 2013.
- Nuclear Reactions from Lattice QCD INT-13-53W, Institute for Nuclear Theory, Seattle WA, March 2013.
- International Nuclear Physics Conference, University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC, July 2010.
- National Nuclear Physics Summer School and TRIUMF Summer Institute, TRIUMF, Vancouver BC, June 2010.
- Workshop on Large N Gauge Theories, University of Maryland, College Park MD, May 2010.
- Referee, Journal of Physics B: AMO Physics, Physical Reviews B & D, JHEP, Frontiers in Nuclear Physics.
- Organizer, March for Science, Bonn, April 2017.
- Organizer, Lattice for Beyond the Standard Model Physics Workshop at LLNL, April 2015.
- Volunteer, Bay Area Science Festival, 1 November 2014.
- Judge and Team Leader, Contra Costa County Science and Engineering Fair, 21 March 2014.
- Judge, Northern Virginia Science and Engineering Fair, Spring 2013.
- Seminar Organizer, Fall 2010
- Judge, Montgomery County Science Fair, Spring 2010.
- Volunteer, Physics is Phun, 2008-2009.
- Volunteer, Harvard-MIT Mathematics Tournament.