Douglas Cline

Professor of Physics

Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627-0171

  Telephone: Fax: 585-275-4934



Doug received his B.Sc.1st Class Honours in Physics, (1957) and his Ph.D. in Physics (1963) both from the University of Manchester. He joined the University of Rochester in 1963 as a Research Associate, and was promoted to Assistant Professor (1965), Associate Professor(1970), and Professor (1977). At the University of Rochester Nuclear Structure Research Laboratory he served as Associate Director (1977-88) and Director (1988-1999). He has held visiting appointments at Laval University, (1965), Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen (1973), Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (1975-76), Australian National University (1978), and the University of Uppsala (1981). He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Further information regarding Doug, are available on his Research webpage and the Cline family page.

The current research interests in the field of experimental nuclear structure physics are described on the Research webpage. Development of improved mean field theories of the nucleus that have strong predictive power throughout the nuclear landscape from stable to the limits of stability are essential to the understanding of nuclear structure, nuclear astrophysics, and to many applications of nuclear science. The primary goal of the program is to provide the evidence needed to develop such improved theories. Studies of nuclear structure in stable and neutron-rich nuclei far from stability are being performed up to high angular momentum in order to map the evolution of shell structure and collective modes with increasing neutron richness and spin. A second approach involves studies of exotic isomeric states that have unusually simple shell configurations providing an ideal testing ground of mean fields and residual interactions. The measured properties of isomers also are being used to elucidate possible candidates for stimulated depopulation since these could lead to controllable release of stored energy, which could have technological applications. This science has led to our playing a significant role in the development of the current and next generation high-resolution $\gamma $-ray detectors, such as Gammasphere and GRETINA, as well as our development of large solid angle heavy-ion detector arrays, such as CHICO2 , Bambino and JANUS for use with such $\gamma $-ray detector arrays. The research program will exploit both stable as well as exotic beams using CHICO/Gammasphere at the new ATLAS/CARIBU, Bambino/TIGRESS at the TRIUMF/ISACII, JANUS/SeGA at the MSU/ReA3, and MiniBall at the CERN/ISOLDE radioactive beam facilities. The research currently is supported by grants from the National Science Foundation.

Doug has served on government advisory committees including the DOE/NSF Nuclear Science Advisory Committee (1983-89). In addition, he has served on program advisory or executive committees at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, Michigan State University; as well as the Editorial Board of Physical Review C. He was a founding member (1987-91), and chair (1989-91), of the Gammasphere Steering Committee as well as a member of the Gammasphere Scientific Advisory Committee (1991-95,99). He is a founding member of the GRETA Steering Committee (1998-) as well as chair of the DOE Gamma-Ray Tracking Coordinating Committee (2002-). He also is involved in the design and implementation of the gamma-ray tracking detector array GRETINA and the proposed upgrade to GRETA. These are needed for the rare isotope facility FRIB which now is under construction.

Teaching and service:
Doug is teaching P235 Classical Mechanics during Fall 2011. In recent years he also has taught; P142 Electromagnetism and P114 General Physics.
Doug's graduate thesis students.
Currently Doug serves on the University Radiation Safety Committee in addition to his Departmental responsibilities such as the Committee on Promotions an Appointments.