David Cox

Research Interests

  • Nuclear association theory: Pairs of neutrons can act like particles called bosons, which can display macroscopic quantum-mechanical behavior. I am examining this process in strong gravitational fields typical of neutron stars.
  • Stellar stability: I have shown that neutron association can increase the critical mass of a neutron star, possibly preventing the formation of stellar black holes and I am adding neutron-neutron interaction, rotation, and temperature to this model.
  • Loop gravity: This is one of many theories that attempt to unify gravity with quantum theory. I intend to explore the validity of a certain approximation (the “Barbero-Immirzi parameter”) used to allow calculations.


  • Ph.D., Physics, University of Connecticut, 2012
  • M.Sc., Physics, University of Connecticut, 2006
  • B.A., History, University of Connecticut, 1990


  • 2013-present: Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut