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Magda Galula Ericson

1929 -
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An Important Contribution to Condensed Matter Physics

Magda Ericson's thesis on the temperature dependence of slow neutron scattering on iron was a pioneering experimental study of critical phenomena near the Curie point.

Etude des fluctuations d'aimantation dans le fer au voisinage de la temperature de Curie par diffusion des neutrons. These Paris, serie A, No.3393. Centre d'etudes nuclearies de Saclay (CEA) Rapport No. 1189 (1959).

Some Major Contributions to Nuclear Physics

Magda Ericson has had major impact on the understanding of the physics of the interaction of real and virtual pions with nuclei. Her contribution include:

The formulation of the standard form for pion-nuclear optical model, the so called Lorentz-Lorenz-Ericson-Ericson effect.

The interpretation of soft pion theorems in the extended nuclear medium.

The first prediction of the quenching of the weak axial coupling constant in the nuclear medium, which has led to more general studies of the modifications of free nucleon properties in the nuclear medium.

Pioneering interpretation of the EMC effect due to the nuclear quark condensate as due to the nuclear pion cloud. This interpretation still remains a principal view of this effect.

Magda Ericson's contributions have been largely responsible for the development of nuclear pion physics as a subfield of nuclear physics and a large number of papers are based on her work.

Some Major Publications in Nuclear Physics

"Optical properties of low energy pions in nuclei" Annals of Physics 36:323 (1966) with T. Ericson.

"From soft to real pions in nuclei and extended systems" Nucl. Phys. B10: 501 (1969) with A. Figureau and A. Molinari.

"Axial vector nuclear sum rules and exchange effects" Annals of Physics 63: no.2, 93 (1971).

"Pionic field and renormalization of the axial coupling constant in nuclei" Phys. Lett. 45B: 19 (1973) with A. Figureau and C. The'venet.

"Quenching and hardening in the transverse quasi-elastic peak" Nucl. Phys. A379: 429 (1982) with W. Alberico and A. Molinari.

"The pion response function and deep inelastic scattering on nuclei" Phys. Lett. 128B: 112 (1983) with A. Thomas.

"High energy spin-isospin modes in nuclei" Phys. Lett. 141B: 163 (1984) with G. Chanfray.

"The electromagnetic polarizability and the swelling of nucleon in nuclei" Z. fur Phys. A324: 269 (1986) with M. Rosa-Clot.

"Two-nucleon induced Lambda decay in nuclei" Phys. Lett. B256: 134 (1991).


de la Charlonie Prize, French Academy of Science, 1987

Alexander von Humboldt Prize 1992

Jobs and/or positions

1953-59 Attachee de recherches CNRS

1959-60 Fulbright Fellow MIT

1960-67 Associate Professor, University of Lyon

1965-present Visitor CERN

1967-present Professor, University of Lyon

1969-70 Research Associate MIT


Studies at Ecole Normale, Paris

Agregation de physique 1953

Ph.D. Sorbonne, Paris 1958

Additional Information/Comments

Married to Torlief Ericson, and they have two children.

Submitted by:

Torlief and Magda Ericson / N. Byers

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