Janine Shertzer


Physics Department

Distinguished Professor of Science
Ph.D., Brown University

Fields: Theoretical atomic and molecular physics — electron-atom and positron-atom collisions;  exotic atoms; atoms in strong magnetic fields; finite element analysis.

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Email: jshertze@holycross.edu
Office Phone: 508-793-2470
Office: Haberlin 206
PO Box: 143A
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Research Summary

My research is in the general area of atomic and molecular theory.  I study few-body systems using novel computational techniques.   I am particularly interested in bound states of atoms and molecules in external fields and exotic systems which contain anti-particles. My other area of interest is scattering theory.

Recent publications  

 Quantum scattering from cylindrical barriers, Sean McAlinden and Janine Shertzer, to appear in American  Journal  of Physics (2016).

 Electron scattering from excited states of hydrogen: implications for the ionization threshold law, A. Temkin and J. Shertzer, Physical  Review A 87, 052718 (2013).

 Long-lived positronium and AGN jets, John T. Giblin, Jr. and J. Shertzer, ISRN Astronomy and Astrophysics  2012,  848476 (2012).

 Hyperspherical hidden crossing method applied to Ps(1s)-formation in low energy e+-H, e+-Li and e+-Na collisions, S..J. Ward and J. Shertzer, New Journal of Physics 14, 14025003 (2011).

Binding energy and structure of e+Na, J. Shertzer and S.J. Ward, Physical Review A. 81, 064505 (2010).

Current Projects

Variational approach to electron-hydrogen scattering (Aaron Temkin, NASA )  

Exotic ions in liquid helium


  • Introductory Physics 1,2
  • Methods of Physics
  • Classical Mechanics
  • Electromagnetic Theory
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Elementary Particle Physics