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Curriculum Vitae

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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 significant 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 field 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
  • Theoretical Foundations of Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence, Explainability and Interpretability of Deep Neural Networks; Scientific Machine Learning

 Recent Publications

    1. M. G. Rozman, M. Bredice, J. Smucker, H. R. Sadeghpour, D. Vrinceanu, R. Cote, and V. Kharchenko
      Kinetics and nucleation dynamics in ion-seeded atomic clusters
      Physical. Rev. A 105, 022807 (2022)
    1. F. R. Davis, H. H. Ali, J. A. Rosenzweig, D. Vrinceanu, and M. S. B. Bhaskar
      Characterization of Chemical and Bacterial Concentrations in Floor Dust Samples in Southeast Texas Households
      International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, 12399 (2021)
    1. L. Huang, D. Vrinceanu, Y. Wang, N. Kulathunga, N. Ranasinghe
      Discovering Nonlinear Dynamics Through Scientific Machine Learning
      Lecture notes in networks and systems 1, 261 (2021)
    1. H. H. Ali, J. A. Rosenzweig, S. Shishodia, D. Vrinceanu, and M. S. B. Bhaskar
      Assessment of soil and water characteristics and land cover changes along the Tigris River in Baghdad
      International Journal of Water Resources and Environmental Engineerings 13, 57 (2021)
    1. N. Kulathunga, N. Ranasinghe, D. Vrinceanu, Z. Kinsman, L. Huang, Y. Wang
      Effects of Nonlinearity and Network Architecture on the Performance of Supervised Neural Networks
      Algorithms 15, 51 (2021)
    1. D. Vrinceanu, R. Onofrio and H. R. Sadeghpour
      Non-Maxwellian rate coefficients for electron and ion collisions in Rydberg plasmas: Implications for excitation and ionization
      Journal of Plasma Physics 86, 845860301 (2020)
    1. O.C.F. Brown, D. Vrinceanu, V. Kharchenko and H.R. Sadeghpour
      Formation of Argon Cluster with Proton Seeding
      Molecular Physics 118, e1767813 (2020)
    1. G. M. Gorman, T. K. Langin, M. K. Warrens, D. Vrinceanu, and T. C. Killian
      Combined molecular-dynamics and quantum-trajectories simulation of laser-driven, collisional systems
      Physical. Rev. A 101, 012710 (2020)
    1. D. Vrinceanu, R. Onofrio, J. B. R. Oonk, P. Salas and H. R. Sadeghpour
      Efficient computation of collisional l-mixing rate coefficients in astrophysical plasmas
      The Astrophysical Journal 879, 115 (2019)
    1. Z. Felfli, T. Karman, V. Kharchenko, D. Vrinceanu, J. F. Babb and H. R. Sadeghpour
      Theory and simulation of spectral line broadening by exoplanetary atmospheric haze
      Monthly Notices of the Astronomical Society 482, 1330 (2019)


  • National Institute for Health : $8,600,000, duration 2020 – 2025 as Investigator
    Research Centers in Minority Institutions: Center for Biomedical and Minority Health Research
  • National Science Foundation : $466,515, duration 2018-2021 as Co-Pi
    Excellence in Research: Collaborative Research: Strenghten the Foundation of Big Data Analytics via Interdisciplinary Research among HBCUs
  • National Science Foundation : $999,786, duration 2018-2021 as Pi
    Research Infrastructure for Science and Engineering: Characterization, Dynamics, and Biological Impact of Indoor Airborne Dust Exposure
  • National Science Foundation : $273,951, duration 2018-2021 as Pi
    Excellence in Research: Dynamics of High-L States of Rydberg atoms
  • 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 : $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
  • 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
  • Naval Air Warfare Center : $60,000, duration 2010 as Co-Pi
    Research Contract: Agreement between the Naval Air Warfare Center Ad and Texas Southern University
  • National Science Foundation : 1,000,000 computing units, duration 2010 as Co-Pi
    TeraGrid High Performance Computing: Electron and ion Rydberg atom collisions
  • Texas Southern University : $25,000, duration 2010 as Co-Pi
    Seed Grant: Computational Efficacy of Classical and Quantum Information Security Methodologies
  • Texas Southern University : $15,000, duration 2009 as Co-Pi
    Seed Grant: Decoherence Related Challenges in Quantum Computing
  • Texas Southern University : $55,000, duration 2009 as Co-Pi
    Title III Grant: High Performance Computing at Texas Southern University
  • National Science Foundation : 190,000 computing units, duration 2009 as Co-Pi
    TeraGrid High Performance Computing: Ultracold molecular photoassociation dynamics of lithium-yetterbium atoms; and three-body recombination in magnetized cold plasmas