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About Me

I am a research assistant and PhD candidate in the Nuclear Theory Group in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Stony Brook University and the Nuclear Theory Group in the Physics Department at Brookhaven National Lab. I currently live in Port Jefferson, NY.


My research mainly focuses on studying matter far from equilibrium. In particular, I am interested in Quantum Chromodynamics (the theory of the nuclear strong force) in extreme settings, such as when the energy density is large and/or there is a strong magnetic field. Physically, this is how the universe was moments after the Big Bang, and we can approximately recreate this by studying the the matter created from the collision of two ultra-relativistic heavy nuclei. My current focuses include initial state physics of ultra-relativistic nuclear collisions (based on the Color-Glass Condensate framework) and it's relation to QCD at high energy density (small-x); anomaly induced transport phenomena, like the Chiral Magnetic Effect; and non-equilibrium field theory. I am also very interested in what we can learn from real-time lattice field theory, primarily utilizing large scale numerical simulations. I am also interested in applications of these topics in condensed matter, atomic, and astrophysical settings. My PhD advisors are Dmitri Kharzeev and Raju Venugopalan.

My recent papers:

What does the matter created in high multiplicity proton-nucleus collisions teach us about the 3-D structure of the proton? (Proceedings for QCD Evolution 2017) arXiv:1801.09704 K. Dusling, M.M., R. Venugopalan

Parton model description of multiparticle azimuthal correlations in pA collisions. Phys. Rev. D 97, 016014 (2018); arXiv:1706.06260 K. Dusling, M.M., R. Venugopalan

Multiparticle collectivity from initial state correlations in high energy proton-nucleus collisions. Phys. Rev. Lett. 120, 042002 (2018); arXiv:1705.00745 K. Dusling, M.M., R. Venugopalan

Simulating chiral magnetic effect and anomalous transport phenomena in the pre-equilibrium stages of heavy-ion collisions. Nucl. Phys. A 967 (2017) (Proceeding for Quark Matter 2017); arXiv:1704.05887 M.M., N. Mueller, S. Schlichting, S. Sharma

Universal self-similar scaling of spatial Wilson loops out of equilibrium. Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 192005 (2017); arXiv:1703.00697 J. Berges, M.M., S. Schlichting

Non-equilibrium study of the Chiral Magnetic Effect from real-time simulations with dynamical fermions. Phys. Rev. D 95, 036023 (2017); arXiv:1612.02477 M.M., N. Mueller, S. Schlichting, S. Sharma

Off-equilibrium sphaleron transitions in the Glasma. Phys. Rev. D 93 074036 (2016); arXiv:1601.07342 M.M., S. Schlichting, R. Venugopalan


My CV, InspireHEP, LinkedIn, ResearchGate, ORCID


Since August 2013 I have been at Stony Brook University. Currently I am a research assistant and PhD Candidate in the Nuclear Theory Group.

In May 2013 graduated with a BS in Physics and BS in Mathematics with high honors from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Previous to that, I attended Hamilton Southeastern High School, Fishers Junior High, Fall Creek Intermediate, Cumberland Road Elementary, all in Fishers, IN, and Oaks Elementary in Phoenixville, PA. I was born in Buffalo, NY.


I am currently not teaching anything. Previously I was a Teaching Assistant for sections of Introductory Physics for Scientists and Engineers and for the Life Sciences at Stony Brook University.


I am an avid cyclist (road and mountain bike), follow professional road cycling fanatically, and try to ski as much as possible living on the topographically flat Long Island. Header picture taken atop a sand dune in McAllister County Park, Port Jefferson, NY.

Contact information

Mark Mace

E-mail address (obscured to reduce spam): mark DOT mace AT stonybrook DOT edu or mmace1791 AT gmail DOT com or mmace AT bnl DOT gov

Nuclear Theory Group

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY 11794



Nuclear Theory Group

Physics Department

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Upton, NY 11973


© Mark Mace, 2018.