Ralph Amado

Professor of Physics Emeritus


  • Prof. Emeritus
  • At University of Pennsylvania since 1959
  • Professor of Physics, University of Pennsylvania
  • Vice Provost for Research, University of Pennsylvania 



D. Phil., Oxford (1957)

Research Interests: 

One of the fundamental questions of nuclear theory is how the modern picture of the strong interactions based on quantum chromodynamics (QCD) accounts for nuclear physics both in nuclei and in reactions such as nucleon antinucleon annihilation. We are studying this problem by focusing on classical theories that reflect the structure of non-perturbative QCD and in which the nucleons appear as soliton-like solutions. We then reintroduce the leading quantum corrections. This approach has led to a correct accounting of the principal features of the nucleon-nucleon interaction, including the mid-range attraction. It also gives a remarkable, integrated and simple account of the features of nucleon antinucleon annihilation, particularly the branching ratios. We are applying similar ideas to energetic heavy ion collisions where the final pion fields may be approximated classically.

I am also interested in general scattering theory and in algebraic approaches to dynamical problems. 

Selected Publications: 


  • N.R. Walet and R.D. Amado, "Skyrmions and the Nuclear Force" Phys. Rev. C47, 498 (1993)
  • R.D. Amado and I.I. Kogan, "Quantum Penomenology for the Disoriented Chiral Condensate," Phys. Rev. D51, 1587 (1995)
  • R.D. Amado, R. Bijker, F. Cannata, J-P. Dedonder and N.R. Walet, "Quartets of Superdeformed Bands and Supersymmetry Breaking," Int. J. of Mod. Phys. E3, 171 (1994)
  • Yang Lu and R.D. Amado, "NN Annihilations in Large Nc QCD with p and w mesons," Phys. Rev. C52, 2158 (1995).