Matthew Buckner

  • Program Years: 2009-2013
  • Academic Institution: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Field of Study: Nuclear Astrophysics
  • Academic Advisor: Christian Iliadis
  • Practicum(s):
    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (2010)
  • Degree(s):
    Ph.D. Physics, UNC Chapel Hill, 2014
    M.S. Physics, UNC Chapel Hill, 2011
    B.S. Astrophysics, Lehigh University, 2008
  • Current Status

  • Status: Experimental Physicist, LLNL
  • Research Area: Nuclear Astrophysics
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Comprehensive Am-242m neutron-induced reaction cross sections and resonance parameters. M. Q. Buckner, C.-Y. Wu, R. A. Henderson, et al. Phys. Rev. C 95.6, 061602 (2017).

Measurement of the Am-242m neutron-induced reaction cross sections. M. Q. Buckner, C.-Y. Wu, R. A. Henderson, et al. Phys. Rev. C 95, 024610 (2017).

Measurement of the Ec.m. = 259 keV resonance in the 14N(p,gamma)15O reaction.
S. Daigle, K. J. Kelly, A. E. Champagne, M. Q. Buckner, et al. Phys. Rev. C 94, 025803 (2016).

Gamma-ray Spectroscopy using a Binned Likelihood Approach. J. R. Dermigny, C. Iliadis, M. Q. Buckner and K. J. Kelly Nucl. Instrum. Methods A 830, 427 (2016).

Absolute measurement of the 242Pu neutron-capture cross section. M. Q. Buckner, C. Y. Wu, R. A. Henderson, et. al. Phys. Rev. C 93, 044613 (2016).

New recommended strength for the Ec.m.r= 458 keV resonance in 22Ne(p,gamma)23Na. K. J. Kelly, A. E. Champagne, R. Longland, and M. Q. Buckner. Phys. Rev. C 92, 035805 (2015).

Performance of a compact multi-crystal high-purity germanium detector array for measuring coincident gamma-ray emissions. C. Howard, S. Daigle, M. Q. Buckner, L. E. Erikson, R. C. Runkle, S. C. Stave, A. E. Champagne, A. Cooper, L. N. Downen, B. D. Glasgow, K. J. Kelly, and A. Sallaska. Nucl. Instrum. Methods A 783, 85 (2015).

High-intensity beam study of 17O(p,gamma)18F and thermonuclear reaction rates for 17O+p. M. Q. Buckner, C. Iliadis, K. J. Kelly, et. al. Phys. Rev. C 91, 015812 (2015).

Measurement of the Ec.m. = 138 keV resonance in the 23Na(p,gamma)24Mg reaction and the abundance of sodium in AGB stars. J. M. Cesaratto, A. E. Champagne, M. Q. Buckner, T. B. Clegg, S. Daigle, C. Howard, C. Iliadis, R. Longland, J. R. Newton, and B. M. Oginni. Phys. Rev. C 88, 065806 (2013).

Thermonuclear reaction rate of 18O(p,gamma)19F. M. Q. Buckner, C. Iliadis, J. M. Cesaratto, et. al. Phys. Rev. C 86, 065804 (2012).

Improved thermonuclear reaction rate for 18O(p,gamma)19F. M. Q. Buckner, C. Iliadis, J. M. Cesaratto, et al. Proceedings of Science for the 12th International Symposium on Nuclei in the Cosmos, AUS (2012).

Nuclear astrophysics studies at LENA: The accelerators. J. M. Cesaratto, A. E. Champagne, T. B. Clegg, M. Q. Buckner, R. C. Runkle, and A. Stefan. Nucl. Instrum. Methods A 623, 888 (2010).


Nuclei in the Cosmos 2014 Registration Grant, 2014.

Nuclei in the Cosmos 2014 Summer School Travel Grant, 2014.

Nuclear Physics in Astrophysics VI Travel Grant, 2013.

Nuclei in the Cosmos 2012 Travel Grant, 2012.

The Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship, 2009-2013.

Science and Technology Fellowship, UNC Chapel Hill, 2008-09.

Graduated with Highest Honor, Lehigh University, 2008.

Graduated with Honors in Physics, Lehigh University, 2008.

President's Scholarship, Lehigh University, 2008.

Henry & Francis Battin Scholarship, Lehigh University, 2007-08.

Digital Avionics TC Scholarship, The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2007-08.

McGetchin Memorial Scholarship, The Universities Space Research Association, 2007-08.

Honored at Honors Convocation, Lehigh University, 2007, 2008.

Dean's List, Lehigh University, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008.

New Jersey Star-Ledger Scholar, 2004