Associate Professor
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Curriculum Vitae

Education and Training

  • ITAMP Fellow: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
  • PhD in Physics: Georgia Institute of Technology
  • MS in Physics: Bucharest University


Dr. Vrinceanu was born and raised in Romania. As a student at the “Mihai Viteazul” High School in Ploiesti, he was awarded the bronze medal at the International Physics Olympiad held in London. This scientific competition is the equivalent of the Olympic Games for sports and considers the very best students that represent their own countries. Immediately after obtaining his University degree in Mathematical Physics, he was offered the position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Theoretical Physics at the Bucharest University.

He obtained his doctoral degree in Theoretical Atomic Physics from Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. The problem treated in his PhD Thesis made a signi!cant theoretical contribution providing an elegant and efficient solution to an outstanding problem incapable of being solved for more than 40 years. In recognition, he was awarded the Sigma-Xi award of Best Ph.D Thesis 2001 and he was selected for Thesis Prize of the American Physical Society of Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (DAMOP).

At the Institute for Theoretical Atomic and Molecular Physics at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Dr. Vrinceanu was the leader in a theoretical investigation of strongly magnetized antihydrogen atoms, aimed to clarify understanding and interpretation of the recent experiments at the European Center for Nuclear Reseach (CERN) by Harvard scientists. Their results on formation and electric !eld ionization of highly excited anti-hydrogen atoms are ground breaking and completely changed the way the experimental data is analyzed. For the upmost importance of the research, their work published in Physical Review Letter was featured on the journal cover.

Dr. Vrinceanu was granted the prestigious Director Fellowship at Los Alamos National Laboratory where he worked on large scale Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics Simulations of cold magnetized and un-magnetized plasmas.

Research Interests

Theoretical studies of:

  • matter at extreme conditions: novel computational algorithms for ultracold ionized gases, ultrafast pulses, quantum computing and BEC
  • formation, capture and detection of anti-hydrogen atoms in a Penning trap
  • interaction and collisions in ultracold Rydberg gases and frozen plasmas, electron impact ionization of Rydberg atoms, interaction between Rydberg atoms, radiative processes involving Rydberg atoms, three-body recombination
  • collisional and radiative properties of metastable helium atoms, collisional broadening and shift of atomic and ionic lines

Selected Publications (4 out of 74)

  • T. K. Langin, T. Strickler, N. Maksimovic, P. McQuillen, T. Pohl, D. Vrinceanu, and T. C. Killian, “Demonstrating universal scaling for dynamics of Yukawa one-component plasmas after an interaction quench”, Phys. Rev. E 93, 023201 (2016)
  • C. R. Handy, D. Vrinceanu, C. B. Marth and H. A. Brooks, “Pointwise reconstruction of wave functions from their moments through weighted polynomial expansions: an alternative global-local quantization procedure”, Mathematics 3, 1045 (2015)
  • C. R. Handy and D. Vrinceanu, “Orthogonal polynomial projection quantization: a new Hill determinant method”, J. Phys. A 46, 135202 (2013)
  • D. Vrinceanu, R. Onofrio and H. R. Sadeghpour, “Angular momentum changing transitions in proton-Rydberg hydrogen atom collisions”, Astrophysical Journal 747, 56 (2012)


  • National Science Foundation : $991,206, duration 2014-2017 as Co-Pi, Research Infrastructure for Science and Engineering: “Characterization of Biomolecular Response to Environmental Stress”
  • Army Research Office : $634,220, duration 2013-2016 as Co-Pi. Research and Education Program for HBCU: “Many Body Density Matrix Theory: Excitations and Time Dependent Response”
  • National Science Foundation : $4,887,000, duration 2011-2016 as Co-I, Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology: “Center for Research on Complex Networks”
  • National Science Foundation : $220,000, duration 2011-2013 as Co-Pi, Major Research Instrumentation: “Acquisition of HPC at Texas Southern University to Expand Capabilities for Research and Training through Shared High Performance Computing”
  • Seed Grant, Texas Southern University, “Decoherence Related Challeges in Quantum Computing”, 2009 ($15,000)