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Thomas Papenbrock, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, will present “The Atomic Nucleus: The Core of Matter, the Fuel of Stars” at the Science Forum on Friday, November 4.

His talk will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Thompson-Boling Arena Café, Rooms C-D. The 40-minute presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer discussion.

The Science Forum is free and open to the public. Attendees may bring their own lunch or purchase it at the café.

The atomic nucleus, the tiny object at the center of an atom, contains almost all the atom’s mass and is held together by a strong force. In this talk, Papenbrock will discuss contemporary research focusing on how protons and neutrons bind into complex atomic nuclei and how this helps scientists understand the fate of massive stars.

Papenbrock, who has been at UT since 2004, received his doctorate in physics from the University of Heidelberg in Germany in 1996. From 1997 through 2000, he completed his postdoctoral work at the Institute for Nuclear Theory at the University of Washington. From 2000 through 2003, he worked in the physicist division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

The Science Forum began in 1933 and is one of UT’s oldest organizations. It was designed to provide the general public, students, and other researchers a chance to learn about the latest scientific research.


Mark Littmann: (865-974-8756; littmann@utk.edu)

Amy Blakely (865-974-5034, ablakely@utk.edu)