"2007-2020 Nuclei and Astrophysics
- David Jarvis Dean, ORNL
Wednesday, November 28, 4:10 PM - Physics and Astronomy Colloquium
Biomedical & Physical Sciences Bldg., Rm. 1415
The challenges of predicting and understanding nuclear properties, particularly of very neutron-rich and short lived isotopes, remains one of the pillars of the field of nuclear physics. Some of these short-lived isotopes can be produced in the laboratory, and are also produced during supernova explosions and other stellar events. Furthermore, certain nuclei have proven extremely beneficial for a variety of applications. During this talk, I will survey where the field of nuclear physics is today through recent experimental examples, and project where the field may go in the next 5-10 years. I will also discuss the role of theory in describing the physics of nuclei and recent developments of nuclear coupled cluster theory. I will also touch on the exciting opportunities afforded by coupling quantum many-body efforts to high-performance computing to enable descriptions of exotic nuclei.