Plamen Krastev, PhD

Computational Scientist and Cyberinfrastructure Research Consultant

Plamen Krastev joined Research Computing (RC) in June 2011. Prior to joining Harvard University, he worked with the SciDAC Universal Nuclear Energy Density Functional (UNEDF) project at San Diego State University (SDSU) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).

Plamen received BS and MS in Laser Physics from Sofia University, Bulgaria, MS in Space Physics from University of Texas at El Paso, and PhD in Theoretical Nuclear Physics from University of Idaho in 2006. After completing his doctoral research he spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at Texas A&M University-Commerce studying properties of dense nuclear matter, neutron stars and gravitational waves. From 2008 to 2011 Plamen was a postdoctoral researcher at SDSU and LLNL where he studied nuclear structure and developed high-performance shell model computer codes with the SciDAC UNEDF project.

In 2011 Plamen joined the Research Computing group at Harvard University where he assists the computational aspects of various research projects across the science and engineering departments, and delivers lectures and workshops on High Performance Scientific Computing (HPC) and efficient use of cyber-infrastructure resources. He assists researchers with application and workflow design and optimization. Plamen is a proposal reviewer and a panel review member for the National Science Foundation (NSF), and a member of the American Physical Society (APS) and the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS). His research interests are in the area of theoretical and computational physics and astrophysics, and HPC.

In his spare time Plamen enjoys reading, playing guitar, hiking, and Kyokushin.



  • Krastev, P.G. and Li, B.A., 2007. Constraining a possible time variation of the gravitational constant G with terrestrial nuclear laboratory data. Physical Review C76(5), p.055804.
  • Krastev, P.G., Li, B.A. and Worley, A., 2008. Constraining properties of rapidly rotating neutron stars using data from heavy-ion collisions. The Astrophysical Journal676(2), p.1170.
  • Krastev, P.G., Li, B.A. and Worley, A., 2008. Nuclear limits on gravitational waves from elliptically deformed pulsars. Physics Letters B668(1), pp.1-5.
  • Johnson, C.W., Ormand, W.E. and Krastev, P.G., 2013. Factorization in large-scale many-body calculations. Computer Physics Communications184(12), pp.2761-2774.
  • Sammarruca, F. and Krastev, P., 2006. Effective nucleon-nucleon cross sections in symmetric and asymmetric nuclear matter. Physical Review C73(1), p.014001.
  • Sammarruca, F. and Krastev, P., 2005. Nucleon-nucleon cross sections in neutron-rich matter. arXiv preprint nucl-th/0506081.
  • Worley, A., Krastev, P.G. and Li, B.A., 2008. Nuclear constraints on the moments of inertia of neutron stars. The Astrophysical Journal685(1), p.390.
  • Krastev, P.G. and Sammarruca, F., 2006. Neutron star properties and the equation of state of neutron-rich matter. Physical Review C74(2), p.025808.
  • DeVries, P.M., Krastev, P.G., Dolan, J.F. and Meade, B.J., 2017. Viscoelastic Block Models of the North Anatolian Fault: A Unified Earthquake Cycle Representation of Pre‐and Postseismic Geodetic ObservationsA Unified Earthquake Cycle Representation of Pre‐and Postseismic Geodetic Observations. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America107(1), pp.403-417.
  • Sammarruca, F. and Krastev, P.G., 2007. Spin polarized neutron matter within the Dirac-Brueckner-Hartree-Fock approach. Physical Review C75(3), p.034315.
  • Krastev, P.G. and Li, B.A., 2018. Imprints of the nuclear symmetry energy on the tidal deformability of neutron stars. arXiv preprint arXiv:1801.04620.
  • DeVries, P.M., Krastev, P.G. and Meade, B.J., 2016. Geodetically constrained models of viscoelastic stress transfer and earthquake triggering along the North Anatolian fault. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems17(7), pp.2700-2716.
  • Li, B.A., Chen, L.W., Gearheart, M., Hooker, J., Ko, C.M., Krastev, P.G., Lin, W.K., Newton, W.G., Wen, D.H., Xu, C. and Xu, J., 2011. Imprints of nuclear symmetry energy on properties of neutron stars. In Journal of Physics: Conference Series (Vol. 312, No. 4, p. 042006). IOP Publishing.
  • Johnson, C.W. and Krastev, P.G., 2010. Sensitivity analysis of random two-body interactions. Physical Review C81(5), p.054303.
  • Bertulani, C.A., Huang, J.T. and Krastev, P.G., 2009. Non-inertial effects in reactions of astrophysical interest. Modern Physics Letters A24(14), pp.1109-1120.
  • Li, B.A., Chen, L.W., Ko, C.M., Krastev, P.G., Wen, D.H., Worley, A., Xiao, Z., Xu, J., Yong, G.C. and Zhang, M., 2009, May. Constraining the EOS of Neutron‐Rich Nuclear Matter and Properties of Neutron Stars with Heavy‐Ion Reactions. In AIP Conference Proceedings (Vol. 1128, No. 1, pp. 131-143). AIP.
  • Li, B.A., Chen, L.W., Ko, C.M., Krastev, P.G. and Worley, A., 2008. Constraining the density dependence of nuclear symmetry energy with heavy-ion reactions and its astrophysical impact. arXiv preprint arXiv:0806.2355.
  • Krastev, P.G. and Li, B.A., 2016. Nuclear constraints on gravitational waves from deformed pulsars. arXiv preprint arXiv:1607.05373.