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Lee A. Bernstein

Adjunct Professor
4159 Etcheverry Hall
Additional Affiliation: 

Nuclear Data Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab


B.A. (Physics) - Rutgers University, 1988

M.S. (Physics) – University of Maryland, 1990

Ph.D. (Nuclear Physics) – Rutgers University, 1994

Teaching and Research: 

Professor Bernstein is a staff scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and affiliate at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  He leads the Data Evaluation for Applied Nuclear Science (DEANS) project at UC-Berkeley as a part of the US Nuclear Data Program and is an advisor to the Nuclear Data Services Section of the International Atomic Energy Agency.  Dr. Bernstein’s research covers a wide range of nuclear and plasma physics including:

  • Statistical properties of nuclear matter
  • Nuclear physics in high energy density plasmas
  • Neutron-induced reaction cross section measurements
  • Surrogate nuclear reactions

Dr. Bernstein currently teaches the upper-level undergraduate/beginning graduate course sequence in nuclear physics (NE101-102).  He has authored over 140 papers in low-energy nuclear physics and is an active referee for Physical Review and Nuclear Physics A. 

Honors and Awards: 
  • Directors Science and Technology Award for the Development of Gaseous and Solid Radchem at the National Ignition Facility - 10/2014
  • Physics Division Award for Teaching Nuclear Physics in HED Plasmas – 10/2014
  • Flint Foundation Sabbatical Grant – Yale University.  2003.
  • Recipient of the Defense Programs Award of Excellence for Measurement of the 239Pu(n,2n) Cross Section238Pu, 2001.
  • American Physical Society Committee on Membership. 2001-2003. Chair 2002-2003.
  • Recipient of the DOE Defense Program Award for Measuring the 239Pu(n,2n)238Pu Cross Section for E­n< 20 MeV using GEANIE at LANSCE.  - 2001
Professional Activities: 

2014 Invited talks

  • “Nuclear data activities and neutron science in the SF Bay Area”, 2nd Annual Peder Sather workshop on nuclear data needs for the Thorium Fuel Cycle. Berkeley, CA (12/8-10/14).
  • “Introducing the UC-Berkeley component of the Bay Area Nuclear Data (BAND) Program”, Nuclear Data Week, Brookhaven Natl. Lab., Upton NY.  (11/6/14)
  • “The UC-Berkeley HED Plasma-Nuclear Science Program”.  Fall meeting of the American Chemical Society, San Francisco, CA (8/10/14).
  • “Bringing a Star to Earth”, Bakersfield Community College STEM seminar.  Bakersfield, CA (4/9/14). 
  • “Could interactions between compound nuclear states and HEDPs change (n,g) rates?”.  Workshop on High Energy Density Experiments Supporting National Security.  LLNL.  Livermore, CA (2/11/14). 
  • “Using high-power laser to probe the effects of HEDPs on (n,x) reactions rates”.  Nuclear Science Frontier Explored by Ultra-high Power Lasers.  University of Osaka, Osaka Japan (2/3/14).
  • “Hot nuclei in Hot Plasmas in Stars and at the NIF”, University of Osaka Institute of Laser Engineering Seminar, Osaka, Japan (2/4/14). 
  • “The search for nuclear-plasma interactions in EBITS and laser-driven HED plasmas”.  Workshop on the Applications of Highly Charged Ions.  Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI (5/22-23/14).
  • “Statistical nuclear properties for applied nuclear science”.  Joint Town Hall meeting of the American Physical Society Division of Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics.  Texas A&M University, College Station TX (8/21-22/14).
Selected Publications: 
  1. Level densities and thermodynamical properties of Pt and Au isotopes, F. Giacoppo, FL Bello Garrote, LA Bernstein, DL Bleuel, TK Eriksen, RB Firestone, A Görgen, M Guttormsen, TW Hagen, BV Kheswa, M Klintefjord, PE Koehler, AC Larsen, HT Nyhus, T Renstrøm, E Sahin, S Siem, T Tornyi.  Phys. Rev. C90, #5, 054330 (2014).
  2. Review of the National Ignition Campaign 2009-2012, J.D. Lindl et al., Physics of Plasmas, Vol. 21, #12, 129902 (2014).
  3. Photon Strength Function at Low Energies in 95Mo, M Wiedeking, LA Bernstein, JM Allmond, MS Basunia, DL Bleuel, JT Burke, P Fallon, RB Firestone, BL Goldblum, R Hatarik, M Krtička, PT Lake, AC Larsen, I-Y Lee, SR Lesher, S Paschalis, M Petri, L Phair, ND Scielzo, Nucl. Data Sheets 119, p. 258 (2014).
  4. Radiochemical determination of Inertial Confinement Fusion capsule compression at the National Ignition Facility, D.A. Shaughnessy et al., Rev. Sci. Instrum. 85 (6) 063508 (2014). 
  5. Relative light yield and temporal response of a stilbene-doped bibenzyl organic scintillator for neutron detection.  JA Brown, BL Goldblum, LA Bernstein, DL Bleuel, NM Brickner, JA Caggiano, BH Daub, GS Kaufman, R Hatarik, TW Phillips, SA Wender, K van Bibber, J Vujic, NP Zaitseva.  Journal of Applied Physics 115 #19, 193504 (2014). 
  6. Low Energy Neutron Measurements in High Energy Density Plasmas using the National Ignition Facility.  L.A. Bernstein et al., Plasma and Fusion Research: Vol. 9, 4404101 (2014).
  7. Scissors resonance in the quasicontinuum of Th, Pa, and U isotopes.   Guttormsen, M; Bernstein, LA; Görgen, A; Jurado, J; Siem, S; Aiche, M; Ducasse, Q; Giacoppo, G; Gunsing, F; Hagen, TW; Larsen, AC; Lebois, M; Leniau, B; Tenstrøm, T; Rose, SJ; Tornyi, TG; Tveten, GM; Wiedeking, M; Wilson, JN.  Physical Review C89, #1, 014302 (2014). 
  8. Constant-temperature level densities in the quasicontinuum of Th and U isotopes. Guttormsen. M; Jurado, B; Wilson, JN; Aiche, M; Bernstein, LA; Ducasse, Q; Giacoppo, F; Görgen. A; Gunsing, F; Hagen, TW; Larsen, AC; Lebois, M; Leniau, B; Renstrøm, T; Rose, SJ; Siem, S; Tornyi, T; Tveten, GM; Wiedeking, M, Physical Review C88.; #2, 024307 (2013).
  9. Progress towards ignition on the National Ignition Facility, Edwards, MJ et al., Physics of Plasmas, #20, 070501 (2013). 
  10. Observation of Large Orbital Strength in Actinides, Guttormsen, M; Bernstein, LA; Burger, A; Görgen, A; Gunsing, F; Hagen, TW; Larsen, AC; Renstrøm, T; Siem, S; Wiedeking, M; Wilson, JN.  Phys. Rev. Lett 109, 162503 (2012). 
  11. Statistical g rays in the analysis of surrogate nuclear reactions. Scielzo, ND; Escher, JE; Allmond, JM; Basunia, MS; Beausang, CW; Bernstein, LA; Bleuel, DL; Burke, JT; Clark, RM; Dietrich, FS;  Physical Review C85,  #5, 54619 (2012).
  12. Determination of the deuterium-tritium branching ratio based on inertial confinement fusion implosions, Kim, Y. et al., Physical Review C85,  #6, 61601, (2012).
  13. Indirect determination of neutron capture cross sections on spherical and near-spherical nuclei using the surrogate method, Goldblum, BL; Wiedeking, M.; Reed, T.; Alfonso, K.; Allmond, JM; Bernstein, LA; Bleuel, DL; Dietrich, FS; Hatarik, R.; Lake, PT;  Physical Review C85,  #5, 54616, (2012).
  14. Indirect (n, g) cross sections of thorium cycle nuclei using the surrogate method, Wilson, JN; Gunsing, F.; Bernstein, LA; Bürger, A.; Goergen, A.; Guttormsen, M.; Larsen, AC; Mansouri, P.; Renstrøm, T.; Rose, SJ;  Physical Review C85,  #3, 34607, (2012).
  15. Low-Energy Enhancement in the Photon Strength of 95Mo, Wiedeking, M.; Bernstein, LA; Krtička, M.; Bleuel, DL; Allmond, JM; Basunia, MS; Burke, JT; Fallon, P.; Firestone, RB; Goldblum, BL;  Phys. Rev. Lett. 108,  #16, 162503, (2012).