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Gail McLaughlin

Distinguished University Professor

Riddick Hall 400G



Professor McLaughlin received her PhD in 1996 from the University of California San Diego. She was a postdoctoral research associate first at the Institute for Nuclear Theory at the University of Washington from 1996-1998, and then at TRIUMF from 1998-2000.

From 2000-2001, she was a research scientist at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. She joined NC State University in 2001 as an Assistant Professor, and became an Associate Professor in 2005.



Research Description

Professor McLaughlin works in the areas of nuclear and particle astrophysics. This includes neutrinos in astrophysical environments, both their effect on the environment as well as the potential for detecting the neutrinos which make their way to earth. It includes also element synthesis, the study of how neutrons and protons combine to make elements in particular astrophysical environments. She is known for her work on neutrino interactions during the formation of the rapid neutron capture elements, theoretical studies of the detection of supernova neutrinos, and work on theories which create a neutrino magnetic moment.    

Honors and Awards

  • She received an Outstanding Junior faculty Award from the Department of Energy, 2002-2007, and was also offered an NSF CAREER award in 2002. She has served on a number of committees which advise on policy nationally, such as the Nuclear Physics committee for Implementation the Long Range Plan, the committee which created the report "A Vision for Nuclear Theory", and the executive committee of the APS Division of Nuclear Physics. She is a member of the American Physical Society, the American Astronomical Society, Sigma Xi and AAAS. She is a member of the editorial board for Journal of Physics G.

Selected Publications

An Active-Sterile Neutrino Transformation Solution for r-Process Nucleosynthesis
McLaughlin, G. C., Fetter, J., Balantekin, A. B. and Fuller, G. M.
Phys Rev, C59, (1999), 2873

Nucleosynthesis from Gamma Ray Burst accretion disks
Surman, R. S. and McLaughlin, G. C. and Hix, W. R.,
Astrophys. J., 643, (2006), 1057

What low-energy beta-beams can tell about supernova explosions
Jachowicz, N. and McLaughlin, G. C.
Phys. Rev. Lett., 96, (2006), 172301

Oscillation Effects and Time Variation of the Supernova Neutrino Signal
Kneller, J. and McLaughlin, G. C.
Phys Rev, D77, (2007), 045023

A dynamical collective calculation of supernova signals
Gava, J., Kneller, J., Volpe, C and McLaughlin, G. C.
Phys. Rev. Lett., L109, (2009), 071101

Gamma-ray bursts black hole accretion disks as a site for the nu p process.
Kizivat, L. T., Martinez-Pinedo, G., Langanke, K., Surman, R., & McLaughlin, G. C.
Phys Rev, D81, (2010), 0556-2813

Nucleosynthesis of nickel-56 from gamma-ray burst accretion disks.
Surman, R., McLaughlin, G. C., & Sabbatino, N.
Astrophysical Journal, 743, (2011), pp.155

Formation of the rare-earth peak: Gaining insight into late-time r-process dynamics.
Mumpower, M. R., McLaughlin, G. C., & Surman, R.
Phys Rev, C85, (2012), 045801

Stimulated neutrino transformation with sinusoidal density profiles
Kneller, J. P., McLaughlin, G. C., & Patton, K. M.
J. of Phys, G40, (2013), 5

Production of Ni-56 in black hole-neutron star merger accretion disc outflows
Surman, R., Caballero, O. L., McLaughlin, G. C., Just, O., & Janka, H. T.0
J. of Phys, G41, (2014), 4

The impact of individual nuclear properties on r-process nucleosynthesis
Mumpower, M. R., Surman, R., McLaughlin, G. C., & Aprahamian, A
Proggress in Particle and Nuclear Physics, 86, (2016), pp.86-126

Matter-neutrino resonance transitions above a neutron star merger remnant
Zhu, Y. L., Perego, A., & McLaughlin, G. C.
Phys Rev, D94, (2016), 105006

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
Shafer, T., Engel, J., Frohlich, C., McLaughlin, G. C., Mumpower, M., & Surman, R.
Phys Rev, C94, (2016), 055802

Reverse engineering nuclear properties from rare earth abundances in the r process
Mumpower, M. R., McLaughlin, G. C., Surman, R., & Steiner, A. W.
Journal of Physics, G44, (2017), 034003

Matter-neutrino resonance in a multiangle neutrino bulb model
Alexey Vlasenko, G. C. McLaughlin
Physical Review D, Volume: 97, Issue: 8, (2018), 083011, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.97.083011

Actinide-rich and Actinide-poor r-process-enhanced Metal-poor Stars Do Not Require Separate r-process Progenitors
E. Holmbeck, A. Frebel, G. McLaughlin, M. Mumpower, T. Sprouse & R. Surman
Astrophysical journal, 881(1), (2019), doi:10.3847/1538-4357/ab2a01