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  • Title
    Lawrence Fellow/Postdoctoral Researcher
  • Email
    ong10@llnl.gov
  • Phone
    (925) 424-4710

Background and Research Interests

Wei Jia's main research interests are in nuclear astrophysics, particularly the nucleosynthesis of elements in the cosmos as well as nuclear reactions which take place atop or within accreting neutron star crusts. Her work at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory combines low-energy nuclear physics experiments, performed at facilities such as the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) and the ATLAS facility at Argonne National Laboratory, with microanalytic isotopic analyses of meteoric presolar grains performed in-house. Additionally, she utilizes nucleosynthesis network codes to investigate the impact of improved nuclear reaction rates on predicted elemental and isotopic abundances and to place constraints on astrophysical conditions in these environments.

Ph.D., Physics, Michigan State University, 2018

B.A., Physics, Washington University in St. Louis, 2013

  1. W-J. Ong, A. A. Valverde, M. Brodeur et al. “Mass measurement of 51Fe for the determination of the 51Fe(p,γ)52Co reaction rate.” (2018) Phys. Rev. C. 98, 065803.
  2. A. A. Valverde, M. Brodeur, W-J. Ong et al. “High-precision mass measurement of 56Cu and the redirection of the rp-process flow.” (2018) Phys. Rev. Lett. 120, 032701. Erratum Phys. Rev. Lett. 123, 239905 (2019)
  3. C. Wolf, C. Langer, F. Montes, J. Pereira, W-J. Ong, T. Poxon-Pearson et al. "Constraining the Neutron Star Compactness: Extraction of the 23Al(p,γ) Reaction Rate for the rp Process." (2019) Phys. Rev. Lett. 122, 232701.
  4. W-J. Ong, C. Langer and F. Montes et al. “Low-lying level structure of 56Cu and its implications on the rp-process” (2017) Phys. Rev. C. 95, 055806
  5. H. Schatz and W-J. Ong “Dependence of X-ray Burst Models on Nuclear Masses” (2017) Ap. J. 844:139.
  6. W-J. Ong and C. Floss. “Iron isotopic measurements in presolar silicate and oxide grains from the Acfer 094 ungrouped carbonaceous chondrite” (2015) MAPS. 50, 1392.
  7. A. J. Westphal and R.M. Stroud et al. “Evidence for interstellar origin of seven dust particles collected by the Stardust spacecraft” (2014) Science 345, 786.