The 2017 NUCLEI Collaboration meeting was held on June 6-8
in Santa Fe, NM
The meeting was held at the Hotel Santa Fe.
Follow this link
learn more about the meeting.
Links to talks
are available for collaboration members.
NUCLEI Researcher receives 2018 APS Dissertation Award in Nuclear Physics
Dr. Matthew Caplan of Indiana University (now a Canadian
Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow at McGill
University) was selected for the
2018 Dissertation Award in Nuclear Physics
from the American Physical Society.
He was supervised by NUCLEI researcher Prof. Chuck Horowitz and was
partially supported in his work by NUCLEI.
The citation reads “For a pioneering study of dense
nuclear matter in compact stars that makes surprising connections across
disciplines including nuclear physics and biophysics.”
Congratulations to Dr. Caplan!
NUCLEI Researcher selected for DOE Early Career grant
Prof. Heiko Hergert of Michigan State University was selected by the Office of Nuclear Physics
as one of 59 recipients
(out of about 700 proposals)
of an award in the 2017 Early Career Research Program from the Department of Energy
Office of Science.
The title of his proposal is
"Advanced Ab Initio Methods for Nuclear Structure".
Congratulations to Dr. Hergert!
NUCLEI Project Co-Director awarded Flerov Prize
Witek Nazarewicz, John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor of Physics at Michigan
State University and FRIB Chief Scientist, has been
awarded the G.N. Flerov
Prize from the
Joint Institute for Nuclear Research
for outstanding research in nuclear physics.
He was cited for his theoretical studies of the atomic and nuclear properties
of the heaviest elements.
Congratulations to Dr. Nazarewicz!
Articles by NUCLEI researchers and collaborators selected as Editors' Suggestions
The paper "Nuclear
Physics Around the Unitarity Limit" by Sebastian König and collaborators was
chosen as a
Review Letters Editors' Suggestion.
Dr. König, who recently became a Herzberg Fellow at TU Darmstadt,
led this work as a NUCLEI postdoc at Ohio State University (OSU).
Research by NUCLEI scientists Jordan Melendez, Sarah Wesolowski, and Dick Furnstahl
at OSU entitled
truncation errors in chiral effective field theory: Nucleon-nucleon observables"
was chosen as a Physical Review C Editors' Suggestion.
Congratulations to these scientists!
NUCLEI researcher promoted at ISU
Pieter Maris has been promoted by Iowa State University to Research Full
Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, effective July 1, 2017.
Congratulations to Dr. Maris!
Article by NUCLEI researcher selected for journal highlights
The article "Challenges
in nuclear structure theory" by Witek Nazarewicz was
chosen by the Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics for inclusion
in their "Highlights
of 2016", which showcases the best work published in each section of the journal.
Congratulations to Dr. Nazarewicz!
NUCLEI researcher leads DOE topical collaboration in nuclear theory
Nicolas Schunck of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is the principal
investigator of the FIRE (Fission In R-process Elements) topical
collaboration in nuclear theory. The collaboration involves scientists at
the University of Notre Dame, North Carolina State University, Los Alamos
National Laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory. The five-year award
is jointly funded by the NNSA and DOE Office of Science and will explore the
role that fission recycling plays in nucleosynthesis. The collaboration will
use state-of-the art density functional theory (DFT), nuclear reaction
theory and high-performance computing to compute atomic masses, fission
fragment distributions, fission, beta decay and neutron capture rates and
assess their impact on abundance patterns for each potential astrophysical
site of the r-process. Comparisons of predictions with solar data as well as
spectroscopic data from halo stars will determine the nuclei whose fission
properties are most critical for the r-process abundance pattern. This
project will make an essential contribution to understanding the origin of
elements in the cosmos.
NUCLEI Project PI awarded 2017 Feshbach Prize
Joe Carlson of Los Alamos National Laboratory has been
awarded the 2017 American Physical Society
Herman Feshbach Prize in Theoretical Nuclear Physics.
He was cited for his pioneering work on Quantum Monte Carlo techniques
to solve key problems in nuclear structure physics, cold atom physics,
and dense matter theory of relevance to neutron stars.
Congratulations to Dr. Carlson!
NUCLEI researcher awarded Young Scientist Prize from IUPAP
Andreas Ekström, former NUCLEI member as a postdoc at the University
of Tennessee and ORNL and now a NUCLEI Foreign Collaborator
as Assistant Professor at Chalmers University of Technology,
recently awarded the prestigious
IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in nuclear physics
at the International Nuclear Physics Conference in Adelaide, Australia.
The citation reads: "For his groundbreaking contributions in the optimization
of nuclear interactions from chiral effective field theory using advanced
physical and mathematical tools in quantifying the theoretical uncertainties.
This has allowed accurate ab initio many-body calculations in the areas of
nuclear structure and reactions, reproducing for the first time both nuclear
binding energies and radii in higher precision and giving realistic saturation
properties of nuclear matter."
Congratulations to Dr. Ekström!
Recognitions for NUCLEI young scientists
Congratulations to these young researchers!
- Maria Piarulli has won the Old Dominion University College of
Sciences "Lee Entsminger Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award" for
Alumnus Saori Pastore is
receiving the Few-Body System Award for Young Scientists at this year's
23rd European Conference on Few-Body Problems in Physics
NUCLEI researcher Bob Wiringa named Argonne Distinguished Fellow
Argonne Distinguished Fellows
"are recognized internationally for their work and show the type of leadership that
impacts Argonne’s future and its mission."
It is the highest scientific/engineering rank at Argonne
National Laboratory, a distinction held by only a few percent of the research
staff, and comparable to an endowed chair at a top-ranked university.
Congratulations to Dr. Wiringa!
Team led by NUCLEI researcher wins HPC Innovation Excellence Award
The ACCOLADES scalable workflow management tool developed at Argonne
National Laboratory by a team led by Shashi Aithal and NUCLEI scientist
Stefan Wild is a recipient of the
Excellence Award. See
details on the announcement
and the project.
NUCLEI researchers have key role in new DOE topical theory collaboration
The topical collaboration "Nuclear Theory for Double-Beta Decay and
Fundamental Symmetries" is one of three recently chosen for five-yea
awards from the Department of Energy. Nine of the fifteen senior
investigators --- Scott Bogner, Joseph Carlson, Jonathan Engel (PI),
Stefano Gandolfi, Gaute Hagen, Mihai Horoi, Witold Nazarewicz, Thomas
Papenbrock, and James Vary --- are members of NUCLEI. The collaboration
will focus primarily on the accurate computation, with quantified
uncertainty, of the nuclear matrix elements that govern the rate of
neutrinoless double-beta decay. Several large-scale experiments to
measure or set limits on the rate are underway or planned. The
collaboration will also work to better understand the nuclear physics
underlying atomic electric dipole moments and the interaction of dark
matter with ordinary matter. For an announcement of the recent awards,
Papers by NUCLEI researchers selected as "Editor's Suggestions" in PRC
These recent papers describing NUCLEI physics
have been highlighted by the Editors of Physical Review C:
Congratulations to these scientists!
- " `Parking-garage' structures in nuclear astrophysics and cellular biophysics"
D. K. Berry, M. E. Caplan, C. J. Horowitz, Greg Huber, and A. S. Schneider,
Phys. Rev. C 94, 055801 (2016).
This paper was also highlighted with a Synopsis on the Physics website
entitled "Neutron Stars in a Petri Dish".
- "Microscopically constrained
mean-field models from chiral nuclear thermodynamics,"
Ermal Rrapaj, Alessandro Roggero, and Jeremy W. Holt,
Phys. Rev. C 93, 065801 (2016).
- "Global description of β− decay in even-even nuclei with
the axially-deformed Skyrme finite-amplitude method,"
M. T. Mustonen and J. Engel,
Phys. Rev. C 93, 014304 (2016).
- "Effective field
theory for nuclear vibrations with quantified uncertainties,"
E. A. Coello Pérez and T. Papenbrock, Phys. Rev. C 92, 064309 (2015).
boundary conditions for nuclear pasta Hartree-Fock calculations,"
B. Schuetrumpf and W. Nazarewicz, Phys. Rev. C 92, 045806 (2015).
weak-charge density distribution of Ca48 from parity-violating electron scattering,"
Z. Lin and C. J. Horowitz, Phys. Rev. C 92, 014313 (2015).
"Electromagnetic and neutral-weak response functions of He4 and C12,"
A. Lovato, S. Gandolfi, J. Carlson, Steven C. Pieper, and R. Schiavilla,
Phys. Rev. C 91, 062501(R) (2015).
TALENT course lecture videos available
The TALENT course Density Functional Theory and Self-Consistent Methods
was held at the University of York in York, UK, from July 17 to August 6, 2016.
The principal lecturers were Jacek Dobaczewski, Andrea Idini, Alessandro Pastore,
and Nicolas Schunck.
Videos of the lectures and written materials are
- Upcoming workshops, conferences, and other meetings
Please see the Meetings page.
- Faculty and Permanent Research Positions in NUCLEI-related science
Tenure-track Assistant Professor positions in Nuclear Theory at Michigan
State University, the University
of Massachusetts Amherst and the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill, and in
(experimental, theoretical or computational) at Rutgers University have been announced.
Faculty openings have previously been announced for Lund University,
LSU, Washington University, Texas A&M University,
Michigan State University,
Temple University, University
of Massachusetts at Amherst, Lehigh University, Washington State University.
Permanent research positions have been announced for RIKEN.
See Job Postings for details.
- Postdoc and Fellow Positions in NUCLEI-related science
Postdoc openings for 2017 has been announced for the INT, the NSF Hub N3AS, MIT, Ohio State University,
Ohio University, University of Maryland, University of Washington, ECT*,
Los Alamos, JLab, TRIUMF, and Argonne National Lab.
See Job Postings for details.