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Nuclear Physics Colloquia

The Nuclear Physics Colloquia is a series of online open access research colloquium for all those involved in nuclear physics.
In this series we will highlight the latest results, new techniques and future prospects in the field, for the attention and discussion of the research community.

Colloquia will feature talks from invited international speakers and the best of young British researchers, as well as open discussions.
Sessions are open to all, but are aimed towards graduate students, researchers and academics.
Each of the sessions will be chaired by experts in the field invited from esteemed UK research groups.

Dr Marina Petri of the University of York will chair the first colloquium of the series on the topic of nuclear theory.

The session will be held on June 2nd at 3pm BST, and will feature the following talks:

  • “From nuclei to stars: The strong interaction in the universe” - Prof Achim Schwenk
  • “Benchmarking nuclear theory through state-of-the art experiments” – Luke Tetley

From nuclei to stars: The strong interaction in the universe

The strong interaction described by quantum chromodynamics gives rise to the formation of hadrons and nuclei that constitute the baryonic matter in the Universe and governs the densest matter in neutron stars and highest temperatures reached in compact object mergers. Combined with the electroweak interaction, it determines the structure and properties of all nuclei in the nuclear chart in a similar way as quantum electrodynamics shapes the periodic table of elements. However, big science problems of the strong interaction remain unsolved, especially regarding the structure of extreme neutron-rich matter in the laboratory and stars.

New facilities for rare isotopes will discover over a thousand new isotopes, getting as close as possible to the nuclei in the Universe's heavy-element nucleosynthesis pathway. On the theoretical side, there are impressive advances towards a unified description of all nuclei and matter based on effective field theories of the strong interaction combined with powerful many-body methods. In this colloquium, we will discuss the advances, status and challenges in understanding and predicting strongly interacting matter, with a focus on how the nuclear chart emerges from nuclear forces and on the physics of neutron stars and neutron star mergers.

Benchmarking nuclear theory through state-of-the art experiments

Following on from the advances in understanding and predicting strongly interacting matter, in view of a unified description of all nuclei based on effective field theories, this talk will focus on a selection of experiments that aim at probing key observables that are sensitive to the nuclear interactions and can thus benchmark the theoretical frontier.

To join please use the following link to access the Zoom platform:
Meeting ID: 916 6342 8271
Passcode: 949093

We encourage student participation in discussions and offer the option to submit anonymous questions through the session chair.

Organised By
IOP Nuclear Group
02 Jun 2021 15:00 to 16:00
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