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Rev. Michael Antonacci O.S.B.

Assistant Professor, Physics

Rev.  Michael  Antonacci, O.S.B. Headshot


  • Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing
  • Expertise

  • Ultra-low and Earth's Field Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)
  • NMR with Hyperpolarized Media
  • Physics Education
  • Courses

  • General Physics I and Lab
  • General Physics II and Lab
  • Modern Physics I and Lab
  • Modern Physics II
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Senior Research
  • Education

  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • M.Div., Saint Vincent Seminary
  • B.S., Saint Vincent College
  • Publications and Presentations  

    A.M. McCallister, S. H. Chung, M.A. Antonacci, M. Z. Powell, A. S. Ceppe, S. H. Donaldson, Y. Z. Lee, R.T. Branca, J.L. Goralski, “Comparison of single breath hyperpolarized 129Xe MRI with dynamic 19F MRI in cystic fibrosis lung disease,” Magn. Reson. Med. 85:1028-1038 (2021).

    M.A. Antonacci, C. McHugh, M. Kelley, A.M. McCallister, S. Degan, R.T. Branca. “Direct detection of brown adipose tissue thermogenesis in UCP1−/− mice by hyperpolarized 129Xe MR thermometry,” Sci Rep 9:14865 (2019).

    M.A. Antonacci, C. McHugh, M. Kelley, A.M. McCallister, S. Degan, R.T. Branca, “Absolute MR thermometry by hyperpolarized 129Xe in UCP1-/- animals reveals UCP1-independent thermogenesis,” Poster Presentation, 27th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, Montreal, Canada (2019).

    M.A. Antonacci, L. Zhang, S. Degan, D. Erdmann, R.T. Branca, “Calibration of methylene-referenced lipid-dissolved xenon frequency for absolute MR temperature measurements,” Magn. Reson. Med. 81:765-772 (2019).

    M.A. Antonacci, L. Zhang, A. Burant, A.M. McCallister, R.T. Branca, “Simple and robust referencing system enables identification of dissolved-phase xenon spectral frequencies,” Magn. Reson. Med. 80:431-441 (2018).

    M.A. Antonacci, A. Burant, W. Wagner, R.T. Branca, “Depolarization of nuclear spin polarized 129Xe gas by dark rubidium during spin-exchange optical pumping,” J. Mag. Reson. 279: 60-67 (2017).

    M.A. Maize, M.A. Antonacci, and F. Marsiglio, “The static electric polarizability of a particle bound by a finite potential well,” Am. J. Phys. 79: 222-225 (2011).