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Christopher Plumberg

Post-doctoral scholar at Lund University Theoretical Nuclear and Particle Physics

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I am a theoretical physicist whose research focuses on particle physics and high-energy nuclear physics. I am currently a post-doctoral scholar at Lund University in Lund, Sweden. In addition to physics, I am very interested in topics related to the philosophy of physics, the philosophy of science, and Christian theology.


Here's a little more information about me. I live in Lund, Sweden, with my wife and two young children.

  • Full Name: Christopher Joel Plumberg
  • Birth Date: April 26, 1987
  • Sex: Male
  • Birth Place: Kansas City, MO, USA
  • Citizenship: United States of America
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Job: Post-doctoral reseracher in theoretical physics
  • Objectives: Placement in an academic faculty position, conducting research in theoretical particle and nuclear physics, and related topics
  • Website: http://home.thep.lu.se/~plumberg
  • Email: christopher.plumberg@gmail.com

Research interests

The big idea: I explore the properties of this force at very high temperatures and densities by studying and modelling collisions between nuclei at the speed of light. I focus on advanced statistical techniques to analyse the large datasets of collected information, both from colliders and collision simulators, in order to confirm and predict aspects of the collisions' structures. My work relies heavily on both analytical and computational methods to describe and simulate various aspects of these nuclear collisions.
Some keywords: Relativistic heavy-ion collisions, hydrodynamic fluctuations, Hanbury Brown-Twiss (HBT) interferometry, quantum chromodynamics (QCD), the QCD phase diagram and the critical endpoint (CEP), event generators

Technical skills

  • 90%
    C/C++ w/ OpenMP
  • 65%
  • 70%
    UNIX/Linux systems
  • 95%

More of my credentials.

Here's some of my background and previous experience.

Professional Experience

Post-doctoral researcher

Sep 2018 - Present

Lund University

Supervisor: Leif Lönnblad
Location: Lund, Sweden
Focus: heavy-ion event generators, collectivity in small systems

Post-doctoral researcher

Aug 2016 - Aug 2018

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Supervisor: Prof. Joseph Kapusta
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Focus: relativistic hydrodynamics and hydrodynamic fluctuations, Hanbury-Brown--Twiss (HBT) interferometry, AdS/QCD, conserved-charge fluctuations and correlations

Summer Researcher

May 2009 - August 2009

Montana State University - Bozeman

REU/NSF Summer Program
Topic: Developed tomographic software for analyzing STEREO and TRACE data of solar corona
Advisor: Prof. Charles Kankelborg

Summer Researcher

May 2008 - August 2008

Montana State University - Bozeman

REU/NSF Summer Program
Topic: Fluxon modeling of magnetohydrodynamic phenomena on solar corona and photosphere
Advisor: Prof. Charles Kankelborg

Teaching Experience

Guest lecturer

Oct 2016

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Topic: Graduate Statistical Physics

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Sep 2009 - May 2013

Ohio State University

Topics: Introductory Physics, Freshman Engineering Honors, Intermediate Mechanics


Doctoral Degree

Sep 2012 - Jul 2016

Ohio State University

Thesis Topic: Azimuthally sensitive and event-by-event Hanbury Brown-Twiss analyses
Advisor: Prof. Ulrich W. Heinz
Area of Study: Relativistic heavy-ion collisions

Masters Degree

Sep 2009 - Aug 2012

Ohio State University

Candidacy Topic: Constraints on Supersymmetry from \(B_s \rightarrow \mu^+ \mu^-\)
Advisor: Prof. Stuart A. Raby
Area of Study: Model building and collider phenomenology

Bachelors Degree

Sep 2005 - May 2009

Eastern University

Major: Astronomy and Astrophysics (Magna Cum Laude)
Templeton Honors College graduate
Advisor: Prof. David H. Bradstreet

Recent Publications

Check Out Some of My Work.

Here is a selection of some of my most recent papers. You can find a more complete list here.


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Where to find me

Theoretical Particle Physics
Sölvegatan 14A
SE-223 62 Lund, SE

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