An understanding of the properties of atomic nuclei is crucial for a
complete nuclear theory, for element formation, for properties of stars, and for present and future energy and defense applications. Learn MoreThe long term vision of nuclear theory is to arrive at a comprehensive and unified description of nuclei and their reactions, grounded in the fundamental interactions between the constituent protons and neutrons. The new and exciting frontier in nuclear theory lies in the description of exotic, short-lived nuclei that have unusually large (or small) neutron-to-proton ratios. To this end, we employ microscopic methods (involving density functional theory, coupled cluster theory, Quantum Monte Carlo, and configuration interaction), and tackle theoretical challenges with pencil and paper, desktops, advanced numerical algorithms, and the world’s most powerful supercomputers. We also apply our ideas to other many-body problems, e.g., to ultracold atom gases and finite open quantum systems. The group hosts several international visitors each year, and collaborates with theoretical and experimental nuclear physicists worldwide.
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FourthLACM-EFES-JUSTIPEN workshop at Oak Ridge National Lab (March 15-17, 2010)
Annual UNEDF Collaboration Meeting, Gull Lake, MI (June 21-25, 2010)
Monday, February 15, 2010, 2:20pm, Rm 307, UTK's Nielsen Physics Building
Title:First Physics with the ALICE Experiment at the LHC