Michael Cavagnero

  • Professor of Physics
  • Physics & Astronomy
Research Interests:

Ph.D., University of Chicago (1987) M.S. University of Chicago (1983) B.S. University of Connecticut (1981)


I am originally from Torrington, CT and attended The University of Connecticut as an undergraduate. I went to graduate school at the University of Chicago and had post-doctoral appointments at The University of Nebraska and at The University of Colorado at Boulder before I joined the University of Kentucky faculty in 1990. I was also a Visiting Scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, MA in 1998.


Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics

Few-body states of atoms and molecules. Collective effects in atoms, molecules and ultracold gases. Cold and ultra-cold dipolar gases. Elementary collision processes in atomic and molecular physics.


  • B.S., Physics, University of Connecticut (1981)
  • M.A., Physics, University of Chicago (1984)
  • Ph.D., Theoretical Atomic Physics, University of Chicago (1987)

Graduate Students

  • Catherine Newell (Ph. D. 2010)

Research Associates

  • Vladimir Roudnev
Graduate Training

I studied electron correlations in atomic spectroscopy with Professor Ugo Fano at the University of Chicago during graduate school.

Selected Publications: 


  • V. Roudnev and M. J. Cavagnero, “Universal resonant ultracold molecular scattering”, Phys. Rev. A 79, 014701 (2009).
  • V. Roudnev and M. J. Cavagnero, “Resonance phenomena in ultracold dipole-dipole scattering”, J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 42, 044017 (2009), special issue on resonance phenomena.
  • Catherine Newell and M. J. Cavagnero, “Inelastic semi-classical collisions in cold dipolar gases”, New J. Phys. 11 055040 (2009); special issue on ultracold gases.
  • J. Bohn, C. Ticknor and M. Cavagnero, “Quasi-universal dipolar scattering in cold and ultracold gases”, New J. Phys. 11 055039 (2009); special issue on ultracold gases.
  • S. Rittenhouse, M. J. Cavagnero, and C. H. Greene, “Collective coordinate description of Anisotropically Trapped degenerate Fermi gases”, J. Phys. Chem. A, 2009, 113 (52).
  • V. Roudnev, Michael Cavagnero, “Automatic grid construction for few-body quantum-mechanical calculations. Computer Physics Communications 182(10): 2099-2106 (2011).
  • E. A. Kolganova, V. Roudnev and M. J. Cavagnero, “Solution of three-dimensional Faddeev equations: ultracold Helium trimer calculations with a public quantum three-body code”, arXiv:1010.1404v1 [physics.atm-clus].
  • Vladimir Roudnev and Michael Cavagnero, “Benchmark helium dimer and trimer calculations with a public few-body code,”  J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 45 025101 (2012).
  • V. Roudnev and M. Cavagnero, “Approaching universality in weakly-bound three-body systems”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 110402 (2012).
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