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Dean Lee

Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor



Professor Lee received his PhD in 1998 from Harvard University in theoretical particle physics as a student of Howard Georgi. From 1998 to 2001, he was a postdoctoral researcher with the nuclear, particle, and gravitational theory group at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In 2001 he joined the faculty at NC State as an Assistant Professor and became an Associate Professor in 2007 and a Full Professor in 2012.

Research Description

His general research interests are in quantum field theory and quantum many-body theory. More specifically he has worked on effective field theory, lattice methods for many-body physics, quantum Monte Carlo, nuclear and neutron matter, cold atomic Fermi gases, spontaneous symmetry breaking, Bose-Einstein condensation, and superfluidity. In recent years he has collaborated with members of the nuclear theory group at Bonn University and Ruhr-University Bochum to combine computational lattice methods and the framework of effective field theory for low-energy nuclear physics.


Complete list of publications

Honors and Awards

  • Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Award 2012-2013
  • Thank a Teacher Recognition-North Carolina State University 2012
  • Outstanding Teaching Award-North Carolina State University 2006-2007
  • Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship 1992-1997
  • Robbins Prize-Harvard University 1996
  • Deturs Prize, Gross Scholar, Hoopes Prize, John Harvard Scholarship, Phi Beta Kappa-Harvard University 1988-1992
  • Apker Award-American Physical Society 1991

Selected Publications

Precise determination of lattice phase shifts and mixing angles
Bing-Nan Lu, Timo A. Lähde, Dean Lee, and Ulf-G. Meißner
Physics Letters. B, 760, (2016), 309-313

Nuclear lattice simulations and SU (4) symmetry
Dean Lee
Intrnational Journal of Modrn Physics E, (2016), 1641010

Ab initio alpha–alpha scattering
Serdar Elhatisari, Dean Lee, Gautam Rupak, Evgeny Epelbaum, Hermann Krebs, Timo A Lähde, Thomas Luu, Ulf-G Meißner
Nature 528, 7580, (2015), 111-114

Lattice effective field theory for medium-mass nuclei
Timo A Lähde, Evgeny Epelbaum, Hermann Krebs, Dean Lee, Ulf-G Meißner, Gautam Rupak
Physics Letters B, 732, (2014), 110-115

Viability of carbon-based life as a function of the light quark mass
Evgeny Epelbaum, Hermann Krebs, Timo A Lähde, Dean Lee, Ulf-G Meißner
Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 11, (2013), 112502

Structure and Rotations of the Hoyle State
Epelbaum, Krebs, Lähde, Lee and Meißner
Phys. Rev. Lett., 109, (2012), 252501 (Editors' selection in Phys. Rev. Lett, featured in Physics Today, Physics World, Simons Foundation Science News, Scientific American)

Ab initio calculation of the Hoyle state
Epelbaum, Krebs, Lee and Meißner
Phys. Rev. Lett., 106, (2011), 192501 (Editors' selection in Phys. Rev. Lett, featured in the Raleigh News and Observer,, Der Standard (Vienna), selected for review articles in Physik Journal and the American Physics Society online journal Physics)