Nuclear Theory for Structure, Astrophysics and Reactions


Proposal for a

European Nuclear Theory group
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Suggestion:

To try to establish a European Nuclear Theory group from which networks can naturally emerge in areas of nuclear theory currently lacking a coherent and democratic voice in shaping the future of the field.

Purpose:

To strengthen and promote the role of European Nuclear Theory (defined in the context of the new NuPECC long range plan) in building a European Research Area. The new group should emphasise the importance of nuclear theory for long term planning (foresight), especially for future experiments, and provide a coherent and representative voice for European nuclear theorists to input to ESF for future EU framework proposals.

 

Report from preliminary Town Meeting at the INPC Conference, 29th June 2004:

1.     Theory networks already exist in HADRONS, but are more fragmented in EURONS. TNET exists, coordinated by Thompson, but there are many people not represented. The GSI/NUSTAR LoI from Lenske has over 150 theorists attached. There is a manifest need for coordination between these proposals, leading to the current Town Meeting called by Al-Khalili.

2.     A clear majority of the audience of ~ 50 theorists was favourable to the idea of an European initiative. There were however conflicting opinions about the mechanisms for getting there, and in particular the pace. The meeting ended with a suggestion from Weise that the HADRONS and EURONS theory coordinators try to come together with the aim of future coordination.
A suggestion for an initiative
connected with “Nuclear Theory for Structure, Astrophysics and Reactions” emerged from the meeting, with possible name “NT¤” (NT-star).
This would encompass TNET and NUSTAR activities.

3.     The role of ECT* was discussed. The ECT* statutes give it the mission of a scientific institution, not for lobbying, and it represents nuclear physics in the broad framework of the NuPECC long range plan.

 Jim Al-Khalili, Ian Thompson, Jan Vaagen


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