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christine nattrass
Christine Nattrass
Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Program

Experimental Nuclear Physics
Office: 609 SERF
Phone: 865-974-6211 | Personal Website

Brief Vita
  • PhD, Physics, Yale University (2009)
  • M.Phil., Yale University (2006)
  • M.Sc., Yale University (2005)
  • BS, Physics, Biochemistry, and Physical Science (2003)
  • Associate Professor, Department of Physics, University of Tennessee, (2018-present)
    Director of the Undergraduate Program in Physics
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, University of Tennessee (2012-2018)
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Tennessee (2009-2012)

Selected Honors
  • American Physical Society 5 Sigma Physicist Award (2020)
  • UTK Society of Physics Students Teacher of the Year (2016)
  • American Physical Society CSWP Woman Physicist of the Month (May 2012)

Research Areas

Relativistic Heavy-Ion Physics (RHIP)
The research of the Relativistic Heavy Ion Physics (RHIP) group is focused on the study of nuclear matter at extreme temperatures and densities, which is an exciting field on the borderline between nuclear and high energy physics. At these extreme conditions of temperature and density nuclear matter will undergo a phase transition to a Quark-Gluon Plasma. In this new phase nuclear matter no longer consists primarily of protons and neutrons, but instead of deconfined quarks and gluons. Experimentally we are creating high-temperature nuclear matter by colliding heavy nuclei (heavy ions) at very high energies (ultrarelativistic energies) at nuclear accelerators.

Selected Recent Publications

Google Scholar Profile

Highly-Cited Publications



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