Frank M. Freimann Professor of Physics
“We are all made of star stuff,” the astronomer Carl Sagan said. From an early age, Ani Aprahamian has been intrigued by “star stuff.” That passion has led to groundbreaking research and a leading role in shaping physics higher education. Aprahamian’s research is aimed at understanding the origin of the elements of the universe. In her lab, she attempts to duplicate the nuclear processes that control stellar evolution, trigger supernova events, and lead to thermonuclear explosions observed as novae and X-ray bursts.
A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Physical Society, Aprahamian was instrumental in garnering over $30 million dollars in various research awards from the National Science Foundation including a $10 million award to establish a Physics Frontier Center at Notre Dame. The Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics, or JINA, is a collaborative effort between Notre Dame, Michigan State University, and the University of Chicago, bringing together astronomers, astrophysicists, and nuclear physicists to study the universe’s nuclear processes.
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This professorship was established in 1982 with earnings from a gift of the Freimann Charitable Trust, made in honor of Frank Freimann, a pioneer of the electronics industry and former chief executive officer of Magnavox.