Saori Pastore

Saori Pastore

Assistant Professor of Physics
PhD, Old Dominion University
BS, Università degli Studi di Lecce
research interests:
  • Theoretical Nuclear Physics

contact info:

mailing address:

  • WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
    CB 1105
    ONE BROOKINGS DR.
    ST. LOUIS, MO 63130-4899

Professor Pastore's research is focused on understanding how nuclear properties emerge from the underlying nucleonic dynamics, with the broader goal of contributing to ongoing experimental efforts in nuclear physics, fundamental symmetries, and neutrino physics.

This research requires an accurate understanding of nucleonic interactions and how nuclei interact with external probes including photons, electrons, and neutrinos. It also requires the capability of solving for the structure and dynamics of the strongly-correlated many-body problem for nuclei. Pastore uses chiral effective field theories and phenomenological approaches to construct nuclear interactions and currents, and Quantum Monte Carlo methods to solve for the nuclear structure and dynamics.

The broader goal of Pastore's research is to contribute to ongoing experimental efforts addressing open questions in nuclear physics and their connections to physics more generally. These more general questions include discovering the fundamental nature of neutrinos, identifying the particle nature of dark matter, and understanding the observed matter-antimatter asymmetry in the universe. These efforts are important to many  experiments in the national nuclear and particle physics program, including FRIB, neutrinoless double-beta decay, DUNE, and Jefferson Lab.

Prior to her arrival at Washington University in 2018, Pastore conducted postdoctoral research at the Los Alamos National Laboratory Theoretical Division T2.

recent courses

Quantum Mechanics II (Physics 524)

Review of wave mechanics, scattering theory. Measurement algebra and the foundations of nonrelativistic quantum theory.Mathematical techniques for solution, perturbation theory.Applications to atomic, molecular, nuclear, and solid state problems. Introduction to relativistic quantum theory and quantized wave fields.

    Selected Publications



    A new leading contribution to neutrinoless double-beta decay 

    V. Cirigliano, W. Dekens, J. de Vries, M. L. Graesser, E. Mereghetti, S. Pastore, U. van Kolck
    Phys. Rev. Lett.120, 202001



    Neutrinoless double beta decay matrix elements in light nuclei 

    S. Pastore, J. Carlson, V. Cirigliano, W. Dekens, E. Mereghetti, R.B. Wiringa 
    Phys. Rev. C 97, 014006 (2018)



    Quantum Monte Carlo calculations of weak transitions in A=6--10 nuclei 

    S. Pastore, A. Baroni, J. Carlson, S. Gandolfi, Steven C. Pieper, R. Schiavilla, R.B. Wiringa 
    Phys. Rev. C 97, 022501 (2018)



    Electromagnetic structure of light nuclei 

    Saori Pastore
    EPJ2016 arXiv:1508.07363



    Nuclear axial currents in chiral effective field theory 

    A. Baroni, L. Girlanda, S. Pastore, R. Schiavilla, and M. Viviani 
    Phys. Rev. C 93, 015501 (2016) [32 pages]



    Electromagnetic reactions on light nuclei 

    Sonia Bacca and Saori Pastore
    J. Phys. G: Nucl. Phys. 41 123002 (2014) [72 pages]
    arXiv:1407.3490



    Quantum Monte Carlo calculations of electromagnetic transitions in 8Be with meson-exchange currents derived from chiral effective field theory 

    S. Pastore, R. B. Wiringa, S. C. Pieper, and R. Schiavilla 
    Phys. Rev. C 90, 024321 (2014) [12 pages]



    An update of muon capture on hydrogen 

    S. Pastore, F. Myhrer, and K. Kubodera
    Int. J. of Mod. Phys. E 23, 1430010 (2014) [14 pages]



    The muon capture rate on hydrogen and the values of gA and gπNN 

    S. Pastore, F. Myhrer, and K. Kubodera
    Phys. Rev. C 88, 058501 (2013) [3 pages]



    Charge-symmetry breaking forces and isospin mixing in 8Be 

    R. B. Wiringa, S. Pastore, Steven C. Pieper, and Gerald A. Miller
    Phys. Rev. C 88, 044333 (2013) [8 pages]



    Electromagnetic transition from the 4+ to 2+ resonance in 8Be measured via the radiative capture in 4He+4He 

    V. M. Datar, D. R. Chakrabarty, Suresh Kumar, V. Nanal, S. Pastore, R. B. Wiringa, S. P. Behera, A. Chatterjee, D. Jenkins, C. J. Lister, E. T. Mirgule, A. Mitra, R. G. Pillay, K. Ramachandran, O. J. Roberts, P. C. Rout, A. Shrivastava, P. Sugathan 
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 062502 (2013) [5 pages]



    Quantum Monte Carlo calculations of electromagnetic moments and transitions in A ≤ 9 nuclei with meson-exchange currents derived from chiral effective field theory 

    S. Pastore, S. C. Pieper, R. Schiavilla, and R. B. Wiringa 
    Phys. Rev. C 87, 035503 (2013) [15 pages]



    Electromagnetic structure of A=2 and 3 nuclei in chiral effective field theory 

    M. Piarulli, L. Girlanda, L. E. Marcucci, S. Pastore, R. Schiavilla, and M. Viviani 
    Phys. Rev. C 87, 014006 (2013) [24 pages]



    Two-nucleon electromagnetic charge operator in chiral effective field theory (χEFT) up to one loop 

    S. Pastore, L. Girlanda, R. Schiavilla, and M. Viviani 
    Phys. Rev. C 84, 024001 (2011) [15 pages]



    Thermal neutron captures on d and 3He 

    Luca Girlanda, Alejandro Kievsky, Laura E. Marcucci, Saori Pastore, Rocco Schiavilla, and Michele Viviani 
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 232502 (2010) [4 pages]



    Relativity constraints on the two-nucleon contact interaction 

    Luca Girlanda, Saori Pastore, Rocco Schiavilla, and Michele Viviani 
    Phys. Rev. C 81, 034005 (2010) [9 pages]



    Electromagnetic Currents and Magnetic Moments in χEFT 

    Saori Pastore, Luca Girlanda, Rocco Schiavilla, and Robert B. Wiringa
    Phys. Rev. C 80, 034004 (2009) [22 pages]



    Electromagnetic two-body currents of one- and two-pion range 

    Saori Pastore, Rocco Schiavilla, and José L. Goity 
    Phys. Rev. C 78, 064002 (2008) [25 pages]