Charlotte Elster

Charlotte Elster has been active in several areas of Theoretical Nuclear Physics with special attention to the strong interaction between nucleons and nuclei. From the beginning of her research career she focused on complex problems which require sophisticated analytical and numerical techniques. At the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of Bonn she was a member of the group which developed the ‘Bonn Meson Exchange Model for the Nucleon Nucleon Interaction’, which was published as an issue of Physics Reports. This ‘Bonn Potential’ is today internationally recognized as one of the best and most  sophisticated descriptions of the forces between particles in a nucleus. It has been cited more than 1200 times since its appearance in 1987 and was found to be important enough to be included in two standard textbooks on ‘Introductory Nuclear Physics’. [S.S.M. Wong, ‘Introductory Nuclear Physics’, Prentice Hall, 1990; H. Frauenfelder and E.M. Henley, ‘Subatomic Physics’, Prentice Hall 1991].

Continuing her successful work on nuclear forces, she extended her research interests to few- and many-body physics and to high performance computing. Her research program has a prominent international reputation, which is easily demonstrated by the number of invited talks at major meetings, her continuous funding by the U.S. Department of Energy, periodic funding by the National Science Foundation, and her publications in the most reputable journals.

She was also recently elected to Fellow of the American Physical Society.


Obtained from:



Her current research interests include few-nucleon systems, relativistic effects in few-body systems, nuclear reactions at intermediate energies, and high performance computing. She is currently a member of the DOE/NSF Nuclear Science Advisory Committee (NSAC) and the International Advisory Committee of the US Institute of Nuclear Theory (INT), a chair of  the National Nuclear Physics Summer School (NNPSS) Advisory Committee, DNP (DNP), the secretary treasurer for the Few-Body Topical Group, APS, and apart of the Statewide User Group (SUG) at the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC).


Obtained from:














Some of Dr. Elster’s noteworthy all time favorites are:


– Cats


  Chaplin   (also known as `Samtanzug’)
  `Sudarynya Koshka’:   Kisa



– Movies:

… Akira Kurosawa, 1985

… Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1993

… Fritz Lang, 1927

… Nicholas Roeg, 1973

… James Ivory, 1993

… Howard Hawks, 1946

… Michael Curtis, 1945

… Luchino Visconti, 1963

… Margarethe von Trotta, 1981

… Hans W. Geissendörfer, 1982


– Actress:


As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say, I just watch what they do.

It is the friends you can call up at 4 am that matter.

Marlene Dietrich


– Photographs:

Nova Scotia, 1996

Eis, 1998

Tokyo Bay, 2007

Xi’an, 2007

St Louis, 1990


– Figure Skating