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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 High Performance Computng (HPC).

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

Selected Publications:

1) Towards Understanding Astrophysical Effects of Nuclear Symmetry Energy
By Bao-An Li, Plamen G. Krastev, De-Hua Wen, Nai-Bo Zhang.
arXiv:1905.13175 [nucl-th].

2) Imprints of the nuclear symmetry energy on the tidal deformability of neutron stars
By Plamen G. Krastev, Bao-An Li.
arXiv:1801.04620 [nucl-th].
10.1088/1361-6471/ab1a7a.
J.Phys. G46 (2019) no.7, 074001.

3) Nuclear constraints on gravitational waves from deformed pulsars
By Plamen G. Krastev, Bao-An Li.
arXiv:1607.05373 [nucl-th].

4) Factorization in large-scale many-body calculations
By Calvin W. Johnson, W. Erich Ormand, Plamen G. Krastev.
arXiv:1303.0905 [nucl-th].
10.1016/j.cpc.2013.07.022.
Comput.Phys.Commun. 184 (2013) 2761-2774.

5) Imprints of Nuclear Symmetry Energy on Properties of Neutron Stars
By Bao-An Li et al..
arXiv:1103.4652 [nucl-th].
10.1088/1742-6596/312/4/042006.
J.Phys.Conf.Ser. 312 (2011) 042006.

6) Sensitivity analysis of random two-body interactions
By Calvin W. Johnson, Plamen G. Krastev.
arXiv:1002.1693 [nucl-th].
10.1103/PhysRevC.81.054303.
Phys.Rev. C81 (2010) 054303.

7) Nuclear limits on properties of pulsars and gravitational waves
By Plamen G. Krastev, Bao-An Li.
arXiv:1001.0353 [astro-ph.SR].

8) Effects of the Nuclear Symmetry Energy on Gravitational Waves From the Axial W-modes of Isolated Neutron Stars
By Plamen G. Krastev, De-Hua Wen, Bao-An Li.
10.1142/S0218301310016132.
Int.J.Mod.Phys. E19 (2010) no.08n09, 1712.

9) Imprints of the Nuclear Symmetry Energy on Gravitational Waves From Deformed Pulsars
By Plamen G. Krastev, Bao-An Li.
10.1142/S0218301310016119.
Int.J.Mod.Phys. E19 (2010) no.08n09, 1694.

10) Constraining the EOS of neutron-rich nuclear matter and properties of neutron stars with heavy-ion reactions
By Bao-An Li et al..
arXiv:0902.3284 [nucl-th].
10.1063/1.3146208.
AIP Conf.Proc. 1128 (2009) no.1, 131-143.

11) Imprints of the nuclear symmetry energy on gravitational waves from the axial w-modes of neutron stars
By De-Hua Wen, Bao-An Li, Plamen G. Krastev.
arXiv:0902.4702 [nucl-th].
10.1103/PhysRevC.80.025801.
Phys.Rev. C80 (2009) 025801.

12) Nuclear constraints on gravitational waves from rapidly rotating neutron stars
By Aaron Worley, Plamen G. Krastev, Bao-An Li.
arXiv:0812.0408 [astro-ph].

13) Constraining the density dependence of nuclear symmetry energy with heavy-ion reactions and its astrophysical impact
By Bao-An Li, Lie-Wen Chen, Che Ming Ko, Plamen G. Krastev, Aaron Worley.
arXiv:0806.2355 [nucl-th].

14) Nuclear limits on gravitational waves from elliptically deformed pulsars
By Plamen G. Krastev, Bao-An Li, Aaron Worley.
arXiv:0805.1973 [astro-ph].
10.1016/j.physletb.2008.07.105.
Phys.Lett. B668 (2008) 1-5.

15) Nuclear constraints on the momenta of inertia of neutron stars
By Aaron Worley, Plamen G. Krastev, Bao-An Li.
arXiv:0801.1653 [astro-ph].
Astrophys.J. 685 (2008) 390-399.

16) Effective interactions in neutron-rich matter
By Plamen G. Krastev, Francesca Sammarruca, Bao-An Li, Aaron Worley.
arXiv:0710.0427 [nucl-th].

17) Constraining properties of rapidly rotating neutron stars using data from heavy-ion collisions
By Plamen G. Krastev, Bao-An Li, Aaron Worley.
arXiv:0709.3621 [astro-ph].
10.1086/528736.
Astron.Astrophys., Astrophys.J. 676 (2008) 1170.

18) Constraining properties of neutron stars with heavy-ion reactions in terrestrial laboratories
By Bao-An Li, Lie-Wen Chen, Che Ming Ko, Plamen G. Krastev, Andrew W. Steiner, Gao-Chan Yong.
arXiv:0705.2999 [nucl-th].
10.1088/0954-3899/35/1/014044.
J.Phys. G35 (2008) 014044.

19) Constraining a possible time variation of the gravitational constant G with terrestrial nuclear laboratory data
By Plamen G. Krastev, Bao-An Li.
nucl-th/0702080 [NUCL-TH].
10.1103/PhysRevC.76.055804.
Phys.Rev. C76 (2007) 055804.

20) Spin polarized neutron matter within the Dirac-Brueckner-Hartree-Fock approach
By P. G. Krastev, F. Sammarruca.
nucl-th/0607029.
10.1103/PhysRevC.75.034315.
Phys.Rev. C75 (2007) 034315.

21) Neutron star properties and the equation of state of neutron-rich matter
By Plamen G. Krastev, Francesca Sammarruca.
nucl-th/0601065.
10.1103/PhysRevC.74.025808.
Phys.Rev. C74 (2006) 025808.

22) Effective Interactions in Neutron‐Rich Matter
By F. Sammarruca, P. Krastev, W. Barredo.
10.1063/1.2114708.
AIP Conf.Proc. 791 (2005) no.1, 193.

23) More on nucleon-nucleon cross sections in symmetric and asymmetric matter
By F. Sammarruca, P. Krastev.
nucl-th/0509011.
10.1103/PhysRevC.73.014001.
Phys.Rev. C73 (2006) 014001.

24) Predicting the single-proton / neutron potentials in asymmetric nuclear matter
By F. Sammarruca, W. Barredo, P. Krastev.
nucl-th/0411053.
10.1103/PhysRevC.71.064306.
Phys.Rev. C71 (2005) 064306.