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Bjoern Schenke

Distinguished Scientist, Nuclear Theory, Physics Department

Bjoern Schenke

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Physics Department
Bldg. 510A, Room 2-26
P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000

(631) 344-5805

Bjoern is working on the theory of nuclear matter under extreme conditions of high temperature and density and nuclei at high energy.

He studies many-body quantum chromo dynamics in the high energy limit, computing for example the evolution of Wilson line correlators with changing gluon momentum fraction x in hadrons. This evolution is governed by renormalization group equations within the color-glass-condensate effective theory. The solutions to these equations allow for the computation of a wide range of multi-particle final states in deeply inelastic scattering and hadronic collisions at e.g. RHIC, LHC and a future electron-ion collider (EIC), offering insight into the properties of hadronic matter at high energy and in particular gluon saturation.

Bjoern also works on relativistic viscous hydrodynamic simulations of heavy-ion collisions aimed at revealing the transport properties of the quark-gluon plasma (QGP). The MUSIC code is one ever evolving result of that research. He has also worked on describing the initial state in heavy ion collisions based on first principles calculations at high energy. This has resulted in the IP-Glasma model and its many applications and extensions.

Education | Appointments | Publications | Highlights | Awards


Ph.D. (Dr. phil. nat., summa cum laude), Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • Graduation date: July 3rd 2008
  • Advisor: Professor Dr. Carsten Greiner
  • Thesis: “Collective Phenomena in the Non-Equilibrium Quark-Gluon Plasma"

Professional Appointments

Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY, USA
Distinguished Scientist                                        January 2024 - present
Scientist/Senior Scientist                                    October 2017 – December 2023 (tenure since December 2017)
Associate Scientist                                               July 2014 – September 2017
Assistant Scientist                                                October 2013 – June 2014
Goldhaber Distinguished Fellow                         April 2012 – September 2013
Research Associate                                              December 2010 – March 2012

Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY, USA
Adjunct Professor                                                 February 2019 – present

McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Richard H. Tomlinson Postdoctoral Fellow      September 2008 – November 2010

Selected Publications

  • Mäntysaari H, Schenke B, Shen C, Zhao W (2023) Multiscale Imaging of Nuclear Deformation at the Electron-Ion Collider. Physical Review Letters 131:.
  • Ryssens W, Giacalone G, Schenke B, Shen C (2023) Evidence of Hexadecapole Deformation in Uranium-238 at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider. Physical Review Letters 130:.
  • Giacalone G, Schenke B, Shen C (2022) Constraining the Nucleon Size with Relativistic Nuclear Collisions. Physical Review Letters 128:.
  • Giacalone G, Schenke B, Shen C (2020) Observable Signatures of Initial State Momentum Anisotropies in Nuclear Collisions. Physical Review Letters 125:.
  • Mäntysaari H, Mueller N, Salazar F, Schenke B (2020) Multigluon Correlations and Evidence of Saturation from Dijet Measurements at an Electron-Ion Collider. Physical Review Letters 124:.
  • Schenke B, Schlichting S, Tribedy P, Venugopalan R (2016) Mass Ordering of Spectra from Fragmentation of Saturated Gluon States in High-Multiplicity Proton-Proton Collisions. Physical Review Letters 117:.
  • Mäntysaari H, Schenke B (2016) Evidence of Strong Proton Shape Fluctuations from Incoherent Diffraction. Physical Review Letters 117:.
  • Denicol G, Monnai A, Schenke B (2016) Moving Forward to Constrain the Shear Viscosity of QCD Matter. Physical Review Letters 116:.
  • Ryu S, Paquet J-F, Shen C, et al (2015) Importance of the Bulk Viscosity of QCD in Ultrarelativistic Heavy-Ion Collisions. Physical Review Letters 115:.
  • Schenke B, Venugopalan R (2014) Eccentric Protons? Sensitivity of Flow to System Size and Shape inp+p,p+Pb, andPb+PbCollisions. Physical Review Letters 113:.
  • Gale C, Jeon S, Schenke B, et al (2013) Event-by-Event Anisotropic Flow in Heavy-ion Collisions from Combined Yang-Mills and Viscous Fluid Dynamics. Physical Review Letters 110:.
  • Schenke B, Tribedy P, Venugopalan R (2012) Fluctuating Glasma Initial Conditions and Flow in Heavy Ion Collisions. Physical Review Letters 108:.
  • Schenke B, Jeon S, Gale C (2011) Elliptic and Triangular Flow in Event-by-EventD=3+1Viscous Hydrodynamics. Physical Review Letters. doi: 10.1103/physrevlett.106.042301
  • Schenke B, Jeon S, Gale C (2010) (3+1)D hydrodynamic simulation of relativistic heavy-ion collisions. Physical Review C 82:.

Research Highlights

Seeing the Shape of Atomic Nuclei

A Holographic View into Quantum Anomalies

Smashing Heavy Nuclei Reveals Proton Size

Modeling the “Flicker” of Gluons in Subatomic Smashups

Shades of Perfection in Perfect Liquids

Awards & Recognition

2023 BNL Science  & Technology Award

2023 APS Outstanding Referee

2022 Fellow of the American Physical Society

2017 Zimanyi Medal in Nuclear Theory

2014 DOE Early Career Research Program Award

2013 IUPAP Young Scientist Prize for Nuclear Physics

2012 Nuclear Physics A: Young Scientist Award

Bjoern Schenke

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Physics Department
Bldg. 510A, Room 2-26
P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000

(631) 344-5805

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