Francesca Gulminelli

Laboratoire de Physique Corpusculaire
6 Bd du Maréchal Juin
14050 Caen Cédex 

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Tel : +33-2-31-45-25-44

Curriculum Vitae  

Octobre 2006 :  Professor in Physics (29ème section CNU) at the University of Caen-Basse Normandie (France)

September 2003 : Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches from the University of Caen (France)

August 2003 : nomination at the « Institut Universitaire de France »

October 1994 : nomination as Maître de Conférences (Assistant professor) at the University of Caen (France)

January-September 1994 : Post-Doctoral scholarship in theoretical physics at Grenoble (France) (Human Capital and Mobility UE contract )

January-December 1993 : Post-Doctoral scholarship in theoretical physics in Giessen(Germany) (INFN contract)

December 1992 : Dottorato di Ricerca (PhD thesis) in physics at the University of Milano (Italy)

Research keywords  
Theoretical nuclear physics, nuclear astrophysics, nuclear matter, statistical mechanics of phase transitions, statistical models, analysis and interpretation of multi-fragmentation data 
Research activity  

My research activity concerns nuclear physics and statistical physics, in particular the definition and classification of phase transitions in finite systems. The most important result of my scientific career has been the theoretical proposition, and the experimental evidence of a negative heat capacity in nuclear multifragmentation : the state change is associated to abnormally large fluctuations on the atomic scale which lead to thermodynamic anomalies.

This study allows a quantitative metrology of the nuclear matter equation of state, and more generally it allows to understand in a unified framework very different phenomena as collision induced nuclear and atomic fragmentation, supernovae explosion, and metallic cluster melting.

I have recently extended my research interests towards the domain of nuclear astrophysics, more specifically the phase diagram and structure of compact objects.

Scientific results  

- 77 publications in refereed international journals

- 2 revue articles(Physics Reports et Annales de Physique)  

- 5 scientific books chapters

- 37 seminars in international conferences (23 invited seminars) 

- 6 series of invited lectures in different summer schools and doctoral schools in France and abroad 

- Editor of the whitebook « Dynamics and Thermodynamics with nuclear degrees of freedom », Springer (2006)

Supervising experience  

5 stages M2/DEA

- 1 Master thesis

- 6 co-directed PhD thesis

Awards, responsabilities  

- Junior member of the IUF (Institut Universitaire de France)

- Responsible of the Master in Physics of the University of Caen

Groupe de Recherche :
Physique Théorique et Phénoménologie