Los Alamos National Laboratory
Metallurgy (MST-6)

Bogdan Mihaila

Biographical Sketch

  • 2010-Present: Scientist, Technical Staff Member 3, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM
  • 2008-2010: Scientist, Technical Staff Member 2, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM
  • 2006-2008: Scientist, (limited-term) Technical Staff Member, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM
  • 2003-2006: Postdoctoral Fellow, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM
  • 2000-2002: Postdoctoral Fellow, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL
  • 1999-2000: Visiting Assistant Professor, Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC
  • 1998-1999: Postdoctoral Fellow, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN
  • 1998: Ph.D. in Physics, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
  • 1992-1998: Graduate Research Assistant, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
  • 1990-1992: Technical Staff Member, Institute of Environmental Research and Engineering, Bucharest, Romania
  • 1989-1990: Technical Staff Member, Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology, Bucharest, Romania
  • 1989: Diploma in Physics Engineering, University of Bucharest, Romania

  • Member, American Physical Society
  • Member, American Nuclear Society
  • Member, Sigma Xi - The Scientific Research Society


  • INT (Institute for Nuclear Theory) Visiting Scholar, 2011
  • LANL (Los Alamos National Laboratory) Distinguished Mentor Performance Award, 2011
  • ICAM (Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter) Senior Fellowship, 2005-2006
  • Outstanding Dissertation Award, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, University of New Hampshire Chapter, April 1998


  • Who's Who Among Executives and Professionals -- 2011
  • Who's Who in America -- 2010, 64th Edition (pub. 2009)
  • Who's Who in Science and Engineering, 2008-2009, 10th Edition (pub. 2007)

Research Interests

  • Many-body theory with applications to cold atoms, condensed matter, nuclear and high-energy physics.
  • Band structure calculations; density functional theory.
  • Studies of the BEC to BCS crossover in ultracold fermionic atom gases; HFB mean field theory.
  • Nonlinear dynamics; Dynamics of phase transitions; Schwinger-Dyson equations.
  • Nuclear structure calculations; coupled-cluster theory.
  • Computational physics; large-scale applications, massively multiprocessor parallel computing, Monte Carlo simulations; modeling using finite-elements methods
  • Numerical analysis; algorithm development.
  • Mathematical physics.
  • Bio-programming and modeling; application module for RIP-3 (recombinant identification program); modeling of MRI of neural currents.
  • Engineering and process modeling; nuclear fuel performance code development; modeling for urania-based ceramic nuclear fuels sintering.
  • User: Comsol, Abaqus, Wien2K, MCNP, NJOY.
  • Proficient: Fortran, C++, C, Pascal, Mathematica, Matlab, Mathcad, Maple, LaTeX, Microsoft Office.
  • OS Administration: Linux, Windows, OS X.

Research Highlights

  • Feature article

    Ab initio calculations of light nuclei,
    B.R. Barrett, B. Mihaila, S.C. Pieper, and R.B. Wiringa.
    Nuclear Physics News, Vol. 13, No.1, pp. 17-23 (2003);
    -- a publication of the Nuclear Physics European Collaboration Committee NUPECC
  • Journal Cover

    Modeling the magnetic signature of neuronal tissue,
    K.B. Blagoev, B. Mihaila, B.J. Travis, L.B. Alexandrov, A.R. Bishop, D. Ranken, S. Posse,
    C. Gasparovic, A. Mayer, C.J. Aine, I. Ulbert, M. Morita, W. Muller, J. Connor, and E. Halgren,
    NeuroImage 37, 137 (2007)

Selected Publications

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  • Analytical limits for cold-atom Bose gases with tunable interactions,
    B. Mihaila, F. Cooper, J.F. Dawson, C.-C. Chien, and E. Timmermans,
    arXiv:1107.3750 [cond-mat.quant-gas]; Phys. Rev. A 84, 023603 (2011); LA-UR-11-02248
  • Properties of compacton-anticompacton collisions,
    A. Cardenas, B. Mihaila, F. Cooper, and A. Saxena,
    arXiv:1105.1717 [nlin.PS]; Phys. Rev. E 83, 066705 (2011); LA-UR-11-01428
  • Auxiliary field formalism for dilute fermionic atom gases with tunable interactions,
    B. Mihaila, J.F. Dawson, F. Cooper, C.-C. Chien, and E. Timmermans,
    arXiv:1105.4933 [cond-mat.quant-gas]; Phys. Rev. A 83, 053637 (2011); LA-UR-11-01956
  • Auxiliary field approach to dilute Bose gases with tunable interactions,
    F. Cooper, B. Mihaila, J.F. Dawson, C.-C. Chien, and E. Timmermans,
    arXiv:1105.4932 [cond-mat.quant-gas]; Phys. Rev. A 83, 053622 (2011); LA-UR-11-01238
  • Non-perturbative predictions for cold atom Bose gases with tunable interactions,
    F. Cooper, C.-C. Chien, B. Mihaila, J.F. Dawson, and E. Timmermans,
    arXiv:1011.1886 [cond-mat.quant-gas], Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 240402 (2010); LA-UR-10-05099
  • Stability and dynamical properties of Cooper-Shepard-Sodano compactons,
    B. Mihaila, A. Cardenas, F. Cooper, and A. Saxena,
    arXiv:1009.4493 [nlin.PS], Phys. Rev. E 82, 066702 (2010); LA-UR-10-05872
  • Tin telluride: A weakly co-elastic metal,
    E.K.H. Salje, D.J. Safarik, K.A. Modic, J.E. Gubernatis, J.C. Cooley, R.D. Taylor,
    B. Mihaila, A. Saxena, T. Lookman, J.L. Smith, R.A. Fisher, M. Pasternak,
    C.P. Opeil, T. Siegrist, P.B. Littlewood, and J.C. Lashley,
    arXiv:1011.1445 [cond-mat.mtrl-sci], Phys. Rev. B 82, 036604 (2010); LA-UR-10-07652
  • Solitary wave in the nonlinear Dirac equation with arbitrary nonlinearity,
    F. Cooper, A. Khare, B. Mihaila, and A. Saxena,
    arXiv:1007.3194v1 [math-ph], Phys. Rev. E 82, 036604 (2010); LA-UR-10-04795
  • Band structure of SnTe studied by photoemission spectroscopy,
    P.B. Littlewood, B. Mihaila, R.K. Schulze, D.J. Safarik, J.E. Gubernatis,
    A. Bostwick, E. Rotenberg, C.P. Opeil, T. Durakiewicz, J.L. Smith, and J.C. Lashley,
    arXiv:1008.4148 [cond-mat.mtrl-sci]; Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 086404 (2010); LA-UR-10-023081
  • Stability and dynamical properties of Rosenau-Hyman compactons using Pade approximants,
    B. Mihaila, A. Cardenas, F. Cooper, and A. Saxena,
    arXiv:1005.0037 [nlin.PS]; Phys. Rev. E 81, 056708 (2010); LA-UR-10-01022
  • Electron-phonon coupling in semimetals in a high magnetic field,
    P.B. Littlewood, B. Mihaila, and R.C. Albers,
    arXiv:0912.4780 [cond-mat.mtrl-sci]; Phys. Rev. B 81, 144421 (2010); LA-UR-09-06102
  • Simulations of coupled heat transport, oxygen diffusion, and thermal expansion in UO$_2$ nuclear fuel elements,
    B. Mihaila, M. Stan, J. Ramirez, A. Zubelewicz, and P. Cristea,
    J. Nucl. Mater. 394, 182 (2009); LA-UR-08-04952
  • Compactons in PT-symmetric generalized Korteweg-de Vries equations,
    C.M. Bender, F. Cooper, A. Khare, B. Mihaila, and A. Saxena,
    arXiv:0810.3460 [math-ph]; Pramana -- J. Phys. 73, 375 (2009); LA-UR-08-07131
  • Nanostructured metal foams: synthesis and applications,
    E. Luther, B. Tappan, A. Mueller, B. Mihaila, H. Volz, P. Papin, J. Veauthier, A Cardenas, and M. Stan,
    Proceedings of the 2009 MPIF/APMI International Conference on Powder Metallurgy and Particulate Materials: PowderMet 2009;
  • Coupled-cluster theory of a gas of strongly-interacting electrons in the dilute limit,
    B. Mihaila and A. Cardenas,
    arXiv:0903.2786 [cond-mat.str-el]; Phil. Mag. 89, 1975 (2009); LA-UR-08-07112
  • Observation of a continuous phase transition in a shape-memory alloy,
    J.C. Lashley, S.M. Shapiro, B.L. Winn, C.P. Opeil, W. Ratcliff, T. Park, R.A. Fisher,
    B. Mihaila, P.S. Riseborough, E. K. H. Salje, and J. L. Smith,
    arXiv:0808.1734 [cond-mat.mtrl-sci], Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 135703 (2008); LA-UR-08-05460
  • Combined experimental and theoretical investigation of the premartensitic transition in Ni$_2$MnGa,
    C.P. Opeil, B. Mihaila, R.K. Schulze, L. Manosa, A. Planes, W.L. Hults,
    R.A. Fisher, P.S. Riseborough, P.B. Littlewood, J.L. Smith, and J.C. Lashley,
    arXiv:0803.2724 [cond-mat.mtrl-sci], Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 165703 (2008); LA-UR-08-1278
  • Comment on ``Pinning frequencies of the collective modes in $\alpha$-uranium,'' - Reply,
    J.C. Lashley, B. Mihaila, C.P. Opeil, F.R. Drymiotis, and J.L. Smith,
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 249702 (2007); LA-UR-07-1880
  • Electronic instabilities in shape-memory alloys: Thermodynamic and electronic structure studies of the martensitic transition,
    J.C. Lashley, R.K. Schulze, B. Mihaila, W.L. Hults, J.L. Smith, P.S. Riseborogh, C.P. Opeil,
    R.A. Fisher, O. Svietelskiy, A. Suslov, A. Planes, L. Manosa, and T.R. Finlayson,
    cond-mat/0607275, Phys. Rev. B 75, 205119 (2007); LA-UR-06-4738
  • Acoustic attenuation probe for fermion superfluidity in ultracold atom gases,
    S. Gaudio, B. Mihaila, K.B. Blagoev, K.S. Bedell, and E. Timmermans,
    cond-mat/0512134; Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 110407 (2007); LA-UR-05-3432
  • Heat capacity in magnetic and electric fields near the ferroelectric transition in Tri-Glycine Sulfate,
    J.C. Lashley, M.F. Hundley, B. Mihaila, J.L. Smith, C.P. Opeil, T.R. Finlayson, R.A. Fisher, and N. Hur,
    cond-mat/0701061, Appl. Phys. Lett. 90, 052910 (2007); LA-UR-06-8750
  • Angle-resolved photoemission and first-principles electronic structure of single-crystalline $\alpha$-Uranium (001),
    C.P. Opeil, R.K. Schulze, H.M. Volz, J.C. Lashley, M.E. Manley, W.L. Hults, R.J. Hanrahan Jr., J.L. Smith,
    B. Mihaila, K.B. Blagoev, R.C. Albers, and P.B. Littlewood,
    cond-mat/0611565, Phys. Rev. B 75, 045120 (2007); LA-UR-06-2457
  • Acoustic attenuation rate in the Fermi-Bose model with a finite-range fermion-fermion interaction,
    B. Mihaila, S. Gaudio, K.S. Bedell, K.B. Blagoev, and E. Timmermans,
    cond-mat/0611259, Phys. Rev. A 75, 013603 (2007); LA-UR-05-2040
  • Spin noise spectroscopy to probe quantum states of ultracold fermionic atomic gases,
    B. Mihaila, S.A. Crooker, K.B. Blagoev, D.G. Rickel, P.B. Littlewood, and D.L. Smith,
    cond-mat/0601011, Phys. Rev. A 74, 063608 (2006); LA-UR-05-9176
  • Tricritical phenomena at the $\gamma$ to $\alpha$ transition in Ce$_{0.9-x}$La$_{x}$Th$_{0.1}$ alloys,
    J.C. Lashley, A.C. Lawson, J.C. Cooley, B. Mihaila, C.P. Opeil, L. Pham, W.L. Hults, J.L. Smith,
    G.M. Schmiedeshoff, F. R. Drymiotis, G. Chapline, S. Basu, and P.S. Riseborough,
    cond-mat/0608301, Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 235701 (2006); LA-UR-06-2070
  • A quantitative study of spin noise spectroscopy in a classical gas of K-41 atoms,
    B. Mihaila, S.A. Crooker, D.G. Rickel, K.B. Blagoev, P.B. Littlewood, and D.L. Smith,
    cond-mat/0604522, Phys. Rev. A 74, 043819 (2006); LA-UR-06-2838
  • Valence-band UPS, 6p core-level XPS photoemission spectroscopy, and LEED of a Uranium (001) single crystal,
    C.P. Opeil, R.K. Schulze, M.E. Manley, J.C. Lashley, W.L. Hults, R.J. Hanrahan Jr., J.L. Smith,
    B. Mihaila, K.B. Blagoev, R.C. Albers, and P.B. Littlewood,
    cond-mat/0604402, Phys. Rev. B 73, 165109 (2006); LA-UR-06-2505
  • Photoelectric effect in Uranium,
    C.P. Opeil, R.C. Albers, K.B. Blagoev, M. Gulacsi, J.C. Lashley, P.B. Littlewood, M.E. Manley,
    B. Mihaila, P.S. Riseborough, R.K. Schulze, D.J. Thoma, H.M. Volz, and J.L. Smith,
    Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on ASR-WYP-2005 --
    Advances in the Physics and Chemistry of Actinide Compounds,

    J. Phys. Soc. Jpn. vol 75, Suppl. pp. 56-57 (2006); LA-UR-05-7441
  • Pinning frequencies of the collective modes in alpha-Uranium,
    B. Mihaila, C.P. Opeil, F.R. Drymiotis, J.L. Smith, J.C. Cooley, M.E. Manley, A. Migliori, C. Mielke,
    T. Lookman, A. Saxena, A.R. Bishop, K.B. Blagoev, D.J. Thoma, J.C. Lashley,
    B.E. Lang, J. Boerio-Goates, B.F. Woodfield, and G.M. Schmiedeshoff,
    cond-mat/0601499, Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 076401 (2006); LA-UR-05-3234
  • Density and spin response functions in ultracold fermionic atom gases,
    B. Mihaila, S. Gaudio, K.B. Blagoev, A.V. Balatsky, P.B. Littlewood, and D.L. Smith,
    cond-mat/0502110; Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 090402 (2005); LA-UR-05-0557
  • Exact solitary wave solutions for a discrete $\lambda \phi^4$ field theory in 1+1 dimensions,
    F. Cooper, A. Khare, B. Mihaila, and A. Saxena,
    nlin.SI/0502054; Phys. Rev. E 72, 036605 (2005); LA-UR-05-1117
  • Fermion-mediated BCS-BEC crossover in ultracold K-40 gases,
    M.M. Parish, B. Mihaila, B.D. Simons, and P.B. Littlewood,
    cond-mat/0409756; Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 240402 (2005); LA-UR-04-6304
  • BCS-BEC crossover with a finite-range interaction,
    M.M. Parish, B. Mihaila, E.M. Timmermans, K.B. Blagoev, and P.B. Littlewood,
    cond-mat/0410131; Phys. Rev. B 71, 064513 (2005); LA-UR-04-6662
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