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Balsa Terzic
Staff Scientist




Center for Advanced Studies of Accelerators
Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility
12050 Jefferson Avenue, Suite 704
Newport News, VA 23606
(757) 269-6292 Office
(757) 269-5024 Fax

Ph.D. Mathematics, Florida State University, Tallahassee, 2002
B.S. Mathematics and Computer Science, Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia, 1995


*        Adjunct Professor, Department of Physics and Center for Accelerator Science, Old Dominion University, October 2011 - Present

*        Staff Scientist, Accelerator Division, Jefferson Lab, September 2009 - Present

*        Research Scientist, Department of Physics, Northern Illinois University, March 2004 - June 2009

*        Research Associate, Department of Astronomy, University of Florida, Gainesville, August 2002 - March 2004

Research Highlights:
Beam Dynamics

*        Implemented genetic algorithms for optimization of accelerator performance and design.

*        Simulatied of beam-beam interactions and electron cooling as a part of the design for the proposed Medium-energy Electron-Ion Collider (MEIC) at Jefferson Lab

*        Designed and implemented a new three-dimensional wavelet-based solver for the Poisson equation with Dirichlet boundary conditions, optimized for use in particle in-cell simulations of charged-particle beams.

*        Designed and implemented algorithms for simulation of coherent synchrotron radiation in charged-particle beams.


*        Developed a new density-potential pair for spherical stellar systems appropriate for describing bulges in spiral galaxies, dark matter halos, dwarf elliptical galaxies, and both ordinary and giant elliptical galaxies, including galaxies with depleted cores.

*        Used techniques from nonparametric function estimation theory to develop new empirical models for dark matter halos.

*        Investigated dynamical implications of close supermassive black hole binaries both as an example of resonant phase mixing and as a potential explanation of inversions and other anomalous features observed in the luminosity profiles of some elliptical galaxies.

Nonlinear Dynamics

*        Studied chaotic dynamical system by applying tools of differential geometry.

*        Applied statistical, differential-geometric approach to chaos in low degree-of-freedom dynamical systems.

*        Studied manifestations of chaos in time-dependent Hamiltonian systems and their implications for violent relaxation in the early Universe.

Selected Recent Publications:


New Denisty Estimation Methods for Charged Particle Beams with Application to Microbunching Instability

B. Terzić and G. Bassi 2011.

Physical Review Special Topics: Accelerators and Beams 14, 070701.


Particle-in-Cell Beam Dynamics Simulations with a Wavelet-based Poisson Solver

B. Terzić, I. Pogorelov and C. Bohn 2007.

Physical Review Special Topics: Accelerators and Beams 10, 034201.


Improved Simulations of Photoinjectors for High Average Current Free Electron Lasers

C. Bohn, D. Mihalcea, I. Sideris, I. Pogorelov and B. Terzić 2006.

Journal of Directed Energy 2, 162.


Empirical Models of Dark Matter Halos. I. Model Comparison

D. Merritt, A. Graham, B. Moore, J. Diemand and B. Terzić 2006.

Astronomical Journal 132, 2685.


Density-Potential Pairs for Spherical Stellar Systems with Sersic Light-Profiles and (Optional) Power-Law Cores

B. Terzić and A. Graham 2005.

Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 362, 197.


Supermassive Black Hole Binaries as Galactic Blenders

H. Kandrup, I. Sideris, B. Terzić and C. Bohn 2003.

Astrophysical Journal 597, 111.


Semi-analytic Estimates of Lyapunov Exponents in Lower-Dimensional Systems

B. Terzić and H. Kandrup 2003.

Physics Letters A 311/2-3, 165.

Selected Conference Presentations:


Density Estimation Techniques for Charged Particle Beams With Applications to Microbunching

G. Bassi and B. Terzić 2009.

Proceedings of the Particle Accelerator Conference 2009.


Multiresolution Simulations of Photoinjectors

D. Mihalcea, C. Bohn and B. Terzić 2006.

Proceedings of the 12th Advanced Accelerator Concepts Workshop.


Wavelet-based Poisson Solver for Use in Particle-in-Cell Simulations

B. Terzić, I. Pogorelov, D. Mihalcea and C. Bohn 2005.

Proceedings of the Particle Accelerator Conference 2005.

Complete list of publications

Professional Activities:

*        Member of American Physical Society

*        Referee for Monthly Notices of Royal Astronomical Society, Astrophysical Journal and others

*        Mentor for Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) and Summer Undergraduate Laboratory Experience (SULI)