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NUCLEI research on the tetraneutron featured in PRL articles
Several groups within NUCLEI are working independently on the question of whether four neutrons can bind together to form a "tetraneutron" resonance. An online article on Phys.org (November, 2016) highlights work published in Physical Review Letters (PRL) by NUCLEI scientists Andrey Shirokov, James Vary, George Papadimitriou and collaborators at Pacific National University and TU Darmstadt. NUCLEI scientist Stefano Gandolfi of LANL and collaborators are also working on this physics using a different approach, which was recently published in PRL. Finally, a third independent effort headed by Kevin Fossez at MSU with collaborators at MSU, ORNL, and GANIL has led to a PRL which is highlighted in an online article physicsworld.com.
NUCLEI research on origin of heavy elements featured
An online article on Phys.org entitled "Gold star: Seeking the origin of gold in the universe" (March, 2016) highlights recent work by NUCLEI scientist Witek Nazarewicz and collaborators at MSU and TU Darmstadt. Computer models are being used to address one of science's most puzzling questions: Where did heavy elements, such as gold, originate? This research is also featured on MSU Today and the TU Darmstadt site. A publication and a highlight are available.
NUCLEI research featured in JPhys+ blog post
The JPhys+ website of the Journal of Physics is featuring a blog post by JPhys G editor Colin Adcock entitled "Looking through the crystal ball at nuclear structure" about a new article by NUCLEI scientist Witek Nazawiewicz on "Challenges in nuclear structure theory". NUCLEI research is prominently highlighted.
Research on Ca-52 magicity highlighted around the world
NUCLEI theorists are among the researchers who have made a breakthrough study reported in "Unexpectedly large charge radii of neutron-rich calcium isotopes", which was recently published in Nature Physics. The study has gotten wide attention, including at CERN, the University of Tennessee, and the Technishe Universitat Darmstadt (in German).
Pasta calculations by NUCLEI scientist Bastian Schütrumpf highlighted
NUCLEI researcher Bastian Schütrumpf recently worked with Michigan State University’s Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research (iCER) to simulate nuclear pasta, a unique phase of nuclear matter formed inside neutron stars. An article on the iCER site gives details.
NUCLEI research on uncertainty quantification for DFT highlighted at Argonne
NUCLEI scientists from Argonne National Laboratory and their colleagues at Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos National Laboratories recently analyzed the diverse sources of uncertainties encountered in nuclear density functional theory (DFT). An article on the Argonne News site describes the work.
Review by NUCLEI scientists highlighted in APS News
The November 15 issue of APS News features (on page 7) an announcement of the Review of Modern Physics article "Quantum Monte Carlo methods for nuclear physics" by NUCLEI researches Joe Carlson, Stefano Gandolfi, Steve Pieper, and Bob Wiringa. Other co-authors are Francesco Pederiva, Rocco Schiavilla, and Kevin Schmidt.
NUCLEI scientist Witek Nazarewicz interviewed about UQ
The JPhys+ website of the Journal of Physics is featuring an interview with Dr. Nazarewicz about uncertainty quantification (UQ) and the ISNET initiative.
NUCLEI research on Ca-48 highlighted in Nature Physics
Research on groundbreaking microscopic calculations of the neutron skin in Calcium-48 using high-performance computing, recently published in Nature Physics, is featured on web news from Oak Ridge National Lab, the University of Tennessee, and Michigan State University. A "News and Views" article in Nature Physics entitled Nuclear physics: The skin of a nucleus also highlights this research. The research team, led by NUCLEI researcher Gaute Hagen, includes NUCLEI scientists from ORNL, UT, and MSU as well as international collaborators.
NUCLEI research highlighted on DOE Office of Science website
Research that uses high performance computing to study, for the first time, spontaneous fission microscopically within a theoretical model using realistic collective mass is featured as a August 2015 "Science Highlight" in an article entitled Shape Matters when Modeling Nuclear Fission.
NUCLEI research featured on APS News
A report on "Nuclear Pasta and Neutron Waffles" in the May 2015 APS News describes a presentation by graduate student Matt Caplan at the APS Spring meeting on research in the group led by NUCLEI scientist Chuck Horowitz. A highlight of the research is new structures predicted for the crust of neutron stars from calculations enabled by high performance computing.
NUCCOR selection for Summit development in The Register
The online IT news site The Register has an online article about the 13 science projects selected for porting to Summit. NUCCOR (Nuclear Coupled-Cluster - Oak Ridge), headed by NUCLEI researcher Gaute Hagen, is one of these projects, which are described as "boffinry tools picked for monster Summit supercomputer".
NUCLEI research featured on Phys.org
An online article on Phys.org entitled "Nuclear pasta may offer insight into strange world of neutron stars" (February, 2015) highlights recent work by NUCLEI scientist Chuck Horowitz and collaborators. Computer simulations of the nuclear pasta have revealed unexpected defects in the crust of neutron stars, which can decrease their electrical and thermal conductivity, affecting the termperature and magnetic field. A publication and a highlight are available.
NUCLEI research featured on Space.com
An online article in Space.com entitled "Cosmic 'Nuclear Pasta' May Be Stranger Than Originally Thought" (January, 2015) highlights recent work by NUCLEI scientist Chuck Horowitz and collaborators. Unexpected defects in the crust of neutron stars has been discovered through large-scale computer simulations of the nuclear pasta. A publication and a highlight are available.