Connor Balance
Assistant Research Professor
Theoretical Atomic and Molecular Physics

Office: Allison Labs #112

206 Allison Laboratory
Auburn, AL 36849-5319

Phone: (334) 844-8712


Ph.D., The Queen's University of Belfast
B.S., The Queen's University of Belfast

Professional Employment

Associate Research Professor, Auburn University 2014- present
Assistant Research Professor, Auburn University 2007-2014
US Dept. of Energy, Post-Doctoral Fellow 2002-2007
U.K. RmaX, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Sheffield Halam University 2000-2002
U.K. RmaX, Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Strathclyde 1999-2000
Ph.D., Candidate, Queens University of Belfast 1995-1999

Research and Teaching Interests

My primary research involves sophisticated modeling of electron-impact excitation/ionization of atomic and molecular systems. To achieve this requires detailed knowleged of the fundamental atomic physics as well being proficient in modern computational methods that allow for the parallel distribution of large scale problems across many processors. As a DoE post-doc, I was responsible for the parallel code development of an R-matrix electron impact scattering suite of codes on the NERSC supercomputing facilities. We focus on light fusion related species such as helium, lithium and beryllium, used as diagnostics in fusion tokamak experiments.

Selected Publications

  1. High Precision K-shell Photoabsorption Cross Sections for Atomic Oxygen: Experiment and Theory, B.M. McLaughlin, C.P. Ballance, K.P. Bowen, D.J. Gardnghi and W.C. Stolte. 2013 Astrophys. J Lett. 771 L8 doi:10/188/2041-8205/771/1/L8/785/2/99
  2. Electron-impact Ecitation of Fe2+: A Comparison of Intermediate Coupling Frame Transformation, Breit-Pauli and Dirac R-matrix Calculations, N.R. Badnell and C.P. Ballance, 2014 Astrophys. J. 785-99 doi: 10.1088/0004-637X
  3. Photoinization, flouresence and inner-shell process (Book) Mcgraw-Hill 'Yearbook of Science and Technology '2013 ISBN: 978-0-07-108140-9 pg 281-286, B.M. McLaughlin and C.P. Ballance 
  4. Evaluation of an improved atomic data basis for carbon UEDGE emission modeling for L-Mode plasmas in DIII-D J.M. Munoz Burgos, A.W. Leonard, S.D. Loch, and C.P. Ballance, Journal of Nuclear Materials 438 S406 (2013)
  5. Kinetic theory and atomic physics correcgions for determaination ion velocities from chargeexchange spectroscopy J.M. Munoz Burgos, K.H. Burrell, W.M. Solomon, B.A. Grierson, S.D. Loch, C.P. Ballance, and C. Chrystal

Last updated: 02/24/2015