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Carla Fröhlich


Professor Fröhlich received her PhD in Physics in 2007 from the University of Basel in Switzerland. She spent 3 years as Enrico Fermi Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago before joining the faculty at NC State University in 2010 as an assistant professor.

Research Description

She works in theoretical nuclear astrophysics, focusing on the origin of the elements. Her work includes studying core collapse supernovae as nucleosynthesis site, identifying critical nuclear and neutrino physics for nucleosynthesis icoseconds, abundances in metal-poor halo stars, and the origin of the elements heavier than iron. Her main contributions are the discovery of a new nucleosynthesis process, the neutrino-pprocess, which for the first time allows to explain the observed abundances in the most metal-poor stars, and the prediction of neutron star mass and nickel yields from core collapse supernova simulations.

Honors and Awards

  • 2016 Cottrell Scholar Collaborative Award
  • 2015 Scialog Fellow, Research Corporation
  • 2014 Cottrell Scholar
  • 2003 DOE CAREER Award
  • 2001 Powe Faculty Enhancement Award (ORAU)
  • 2007 Dissertation Prize (Swiss Physical Society)

Selected Publications

Neutrino signal from pair-instability supernovae
Warren P. Wright, Matthew S. Gilmer, Carla Fröhlich, James P. Kneller
Phys. Rev. D, 96, (2017), 3008

Pair-instability Supernova Simulations: Progenitor Evolution, Explosion, and Light Curves
Matthew S. Gilmer, Alexandra Kozyreva, Raphael Hirschi, Carla Fröhlich, Norhasliza Yusof
ApJ, 846, (2017), 100

Fast evolving pair-instability supernova models: evolution, explosion, light curves
Alexandra Kozyreva, Matthew Gilmer, Raphael Hirschi, Carla Frohlich, Sergey Blinnikov, Ryan T. Wollaeger, Ulrich M. Noebauer, Daniel R. van Rossum, Alexander Heger, Wesley P. Even, Roni Waldman, Alexey Tolstov, Emmanouil Chatzopoulos, Elena Sorokina
Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc, 464, (2017), 2854

Beta decay of deformed r-process nuclei near A=80 and A=160, including odd-A and odd-odd nuclei, with the Skyrme finite-amplitude method
T. Shafer, J. Engel, C. Fröhlich, G.C. McLaughlin, M. Mumpower, R. Surman
Phys. Rev. C, 94, (2016), 5802

PUSHing Core-collapse Supernovae to Explosions in Spherical Symmetry I: the Model and the Case of SN 1987A
A. Perego, M. Hempel, C. Fröhlich, K. Ebinger, M. Eichler, J. Casanova, M. Liebendörfer, and F.-K. Thielemann
Astrophysical Journal, 806, (2015), 275

Supernovae, neutrinos, and nucleosynthesis
Carla Fröhlich
Journal of Physics G, 41, (2014), 4003

Constraining the astrophysical origin of the p-nuclei through nuclear physics and meteoritic data
T. Rauscher, N. Dauphas, I. Dillmann, C. Fröhlich, Zs. Fülöp, Gy. Gyürky
Reports on Progress in Physics, 76, (2013), 066201

Neutrino-Induced Nucleosynthesis of A>64 Nuclei: The nu-p-process
Fröhlich C, Martínez-Pinedo G, Liebendörfer M, Thielemann FK, Bravo E, Hix WR, Langanke K, Zinner NT.
PRL, 96, (2006), 142502

Origin of the Elements

Planets, Asteriods, Comets and The Solar System, Volume 2 of Treatise on Geochemistry (Second Edition), (2014), Elsevier, p.1-14