Professor at the Faculty of Science of the University of Zagreb (Department of Physics)
Fields of interest:
Theoretical nuclear physics: energy density functional theory and applications to the structure of exotic atomic nuclei far from stability, fission, low-energy nuclear effective field theory, nuclear weak interactions and astrophysical applications, algebraic structure models and high-angular momentum states in nuclei.
Computational physics and mathematical modeling.
- Croatian Academy of Science and Arts – Award for Science and Mathematics 2002
- Croatian National Award for Science 2003
Five selected publications:
- T. Nikšić, D. Vretenar: “Sloppy” nuclear energy density functionals: Effective model reduction, Physical Review C 94, 024333 (2016).
- J.-P. Ebran, E. Khan, T. Nikšić, D. Vretenar: How atomic nuclei cluster, Nature 487, 341 (2012).
- T. Nikšić, D. Vretenar, P. Ring, Relativistic nuclear energy density functional: Mean-field and beyod, Progress in Particle and Nuclear Physics 66, 519 (2011).
- N. Paar, D. Vretenar, E. Khan, G. Colo: Exotic modes of excitation in atomic nuclei far from stability, Reports on Progress in Physics 70, 691 (2007).
- D. Vretenar, A. V. Afanasjev, Relativistic Hartree-Bogoliubov theory: static and dynamic aspects of exotic nuclear structure, Physics Reports 409, 101 (2005).
M.Sc. in Physics, University of Zagreb, 1982. Ph. D in Physics, University of Zagreb, 1988. Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bologna (1988-1989), Yale University (1990), and as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow at the Technical University Munich (1991-1993). Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, University of Zagreb 1993, Associate Professor 1997, Full Professor 2001. Visiting Professor at the Technical University Munich, University of Bologna and University of Tokyo. Visiting scientist at University of Bologna, Yale University, Technical University Munich, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, Institut de Physique Nucléaire d’Orsay, Aristotle University Thessaloniki, Peking University Beijing, University of Tokyo, GSI Darmstadt, University of Jyvaskyla, Southwest University, Chongqing.
Fellow of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts 2012; member of the Academy of Europe (Academia Europaea) 2016.
Courses at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Zagreb: Quantum Physics, Mathematical modeling and Numerical Methods, Nuclear Physics, Nuclear Structure, Nuclear Astrophysics. Courses at the Graduate School: Structure of the Atomic Nucleus I & II, Mathematical modeling.
PAC member, Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, Italy (2005-2012); PAC member, JYFL Jyvaskyla, Finland (2013-2016); member of the ISOLDE and Neutron Time-of-Flight Experiments Committee (since 2017). Board of Directors – Euroschool on Exotic Beams (since 2012). Chair of the Physics Committee, Agency for Science and Higher Education, Croatia. President of the Board of the Croatian Science Foundation.