Joseph Kapusta

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Joseph "Joe" Kapusta

Professor, School of Physics and Astronomy


John T. Tate Hall
Room 375-16
116 Church Street Se
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Nuclear Theory Group


Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1978

M.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1976

B.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1974

Professional Background

Professor Kapusta has been a faculty member in the School of Physics and Astronomy since 1982. He enjoys teaching physics at all levels, from the introductory freshman-level to the most advanced research-oriented course for graduate students. His main research areas are in theoretical nuclear and particle physics. He has published several books and more than 200 articles in physics journals and conference proceedings. Nineteen students have earned their Ph.D. under his supervision. He has been an Associate Editor for Physical Review since 1997. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a Distinguished University Teaching Professor.

Scientific & Professional Societies

  • Fellow, American Physical Society
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Research Interests

Professor Kapusta does theoretical research on the properties of matter and radiation at high energy-density using relativistic quantum field theory. He is also doing research on the anti-de Sitter - conformal field theory correspondence arising from D-branes in string theory, and on the thermodynamics of nonlocal field theories arising from string theory.

The physical theories of primary interest include QCD, effective hadronic field theories, electroweak theory, and nonlocal field theories. The physical environments in which they play a role include high energy nuclear collisions, neutron stars, the early universe, and black holes.


Joseph Kapusta and Charles Gale, ''Finite Temperature Field Theory'', Cambridge University Press [abstract] [download C:\books\Book TOC Preface.pdf]

Joseph Kapusta, Berndt Muller and Johann Rafeslki, ''Quark-Gluon Plasma: Theoretical Foundations'', Elsevier [abstract][download C:\books\reprint_volume\QGP-TOC-Preface.pdf]

Selected Publications

  1. J. I. Kapusta, “Perspective on Tsallis Statistics for Nuclear and Particle Physics”, Int. J. Mod. Phys. E 30, No. 08, 2130006 (2021) arXiv:2106.06824
  2. J. I. Kapusta and T. Welle, “Neutron Stars with a Crossover Equation of State”, Phys. Rev. C 104, L012801 (2021) arXiv:2103.16633
  3. J. I. Kapusta, E. Rrapaj and S. Rudaz, “Spin-Vorticity Coupling for Massive Vector Mesons”, Phys. Rev. D 102, 125028 (2020) arXiv:2009.12010
  4. J. I. Kapusta, E. Rrapaj and S. Rudaz, “Spin versus Helicity Equilibration Times and Lagrangian for Strange Quarks in Rotating Quark-Gluon Plasma”, Phys. Rev. C 102, 064911 (2020) arXiv:2004.14807
  5. A. De, C. Plumberg and J. I. Kapusta, “Calculating Fluctuations and Self- Correlations Numerically for Causal Charge Diffusion in Relativistic Heavy- Ion Collisions”, Phys. Rev. C 102, 024905 (2020) arXiv:2003.04878
  6. A. Dhumuntarao, J. I. Kapusta and C. Plumberg, “Randall-Sundrum Model with a Dilaton Field at Finite Temperature”, Phys. Rev. D 101, 066023 (2020) arXiv:2001.00038
  7. J. I. Kapusta, E. Rrapaj and S. Rudaz, “Hyperon Polarization in Relativistic Heavy Ion Collisions and Axial U(1) Symmetry Breaking at High Temperature”, Phys. Rev. C 101, 031901(R) (2020) arXiv:1910.12759
  8. J. I. Kapusta, E. Rrapaj and S. Rudaz, “Relaxation Time for Strange Quark Spin in Rotating Quark-Gluon Plasma”, Phys. Rev. C 101, 024907 (2020) arXiv:1907.10750
  9. M. Li and J. I. Kapusta, “Large Baryon Densities Achievable in High Energy Heavy Ion Collisions outside the Central Rapidity Region”, Phys. Rev. C 99, 014906 (2019) arXiv:1808.05751
  10. L. P. Csernai, J. I. Kapusta and T. Welle “Λ and Λ Spin Interaction with Meson Fields Generated by the Baryon Current in High Energy Nuclear Collisions”, Phys. Rev. C 99, 021901(R) (2019) arXiv:1807.11521
  11. Joseph I. Kapusta, “Accelerator Disaster Scenarios, the Unabomber, and Scientific Risks”, Physics in Perspective 10, 163 (2008)[abstract] [download C:\papers\Disasters\Disasters.pdf]

My Academic Geneology, [download Kapusta academic geneology.pdf]