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TALENT courses to be offered in 2020:

Application details will be announced in late 2019 or early 2020.

Atomic Nuclei as Open Quantum Systems: Unifying Nuclear Structure and Reactions
The first edition of Course 8 on Atomic Nuclei as Open Quantum Systems: Unifying Nuclear Structure and Reactions will be offered at the INT in Seattle, WA, USA from June 22 to July 10, 2020. The principal lecturers will be Christian Forssén (Chalmers University of Technology), Witek Nazarewicz (Michigan State University), Marek Ploszajczak (GANIL), and Alexander Volya (Florida State University). In this course, students will learn about the fundamental concepts pertaining to the unification of nuclear structure and reaction theory and they will be introduced to state-of-the-art theoretical methods that can be used for weakly bound and unbound nuclear states. See this temporary page for additional information.
Contact: Alexander Volya (volya@physics.fsu.edu).
Density Functional Theory and Self-Consistent Methods
The third edition of Course 4 on Density Functional Theory and Self-Consistent Methods will be held at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, in Berkeley, CA, USA. The dates are July 6 to July 24, 2020. The principal instructors will be Nicolas Schunck (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory), Michael Forbes (Washington State University), Heiko Hergert (Michigan State University), and Tomás Rodríguez (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid). The main goal of the course is to gain an in-depth understanding of the basic concepts, mathematical methods, and computational techniques used to solve the quantum many-body problem within the framework of energy density functional theory. This will be achieved both through regular lectures and the development of a computational project over the duration of the course. See the Course 4 page for more details on the course.
Contact: Nicolas Schunck (schunck1@llnl.gov).
Machine Learning and Data Analysis for Nuclear Physics
A new course on Machine Learning (classified as Course 11) will be offered at the ECT* in Trento, Italy in summer, 2020. The dates are June 22 to July 10, 2020. The principal instructors will be Daniel Bazin (MSU, USA), Morten Hjorth-Jensen (MSU, USA), Michelle Kuchera (Davidson College, USA), Sean Liddick (NSCL, USA), and Raghuram Ramanujan (Davidson College, USA). The major scope is to give the participants a deeper understanding on what Machine Learning and Data Analysis are and how they can be used to analyze data from nuclear physics experiments and perform theoretical calculations of nuclear many-body systems. See course details at the course github website (scroll down to see the README).
Contact: Morten Hjorth-Jensen (hjensen@msu.edu).

TALENT courses given in 2019:

  • The second edition of Course 1: Nuclear forces entitled "From quarks and gluons to nuclear forces and structure" was held July 15 to August 2, 2019 at the ECT* in Trento. The main lecturers were Zohreh Davoudi, Evgeny Epelbaum, Dean Lee, Tom Luu, Francesco Pederiva, and Andrea Shindler. See the course website for materials. Contacts: Dean Lee (leed@frib.msu.edu) and Andrea Shindler (shindler at frib.msu.edu).

  • The second edition of Course 6: Theory for exploring nuclear reaction experiments was held from June 3 to 21, 2019 at FRIB (Michigan State University) in East Lansing, MI. The principal lecturers included Carl Brune, James DeBoer, Charlotte Elster, and Sofia Quaglioni. See the course webpage for lecture and exercise materials.
    Contact: Charlotte Elster (elster@ohio.edu).

  • The first edition of Course 11 on Learning from Data:Bayesian Methods and Machine Learning was held from June 10 to 28, 2019 at the University of York in the UK. The main lecturers were Christian Forssen, Dick Furnstahl, and Daniel Phillips. See the github course web page and repository for materials, including many Jupyter notebooks.
    Contact: Dick Furnstahl (furnstahl.1@osu.edu).

2018 TALENT course in China (July 16-August 6)

The 2018 Nuclear TALENT course on Many-Body Methods for Nuclear Physics, from Structure to Reactions, was held at  Henan Normal University, Xinxiang, P.R. China, from July 16 to August 6. See the course home page for details about the course and for materials.

2018 TALENT course at the INT (July 9-27)

The first edition of Course 10 on "Fundamental Symmetries and Neutrinos" was held at the Institute for Nuclear Theory in Seattle, WA from July 9 to July 27, 2018. This course introduced students to the exciting physics of fundamental symmetry tests and neutrino studies in nuclear physics, including implications for both the Standard Model and possible physics beyond the Standard Model. See the course home page for details about the course and for materials.

The primary lecturers were Vincenzo Cirigliano (Los Alamos National Laboratory, cirigliano@lanl.gov) and Michael Ramsey-Musolf (University of Massachusetts Amherst, mjrm@physics.umass.edu). Additional lectures were provided by guest seminar speakers (see the course page). 

Information about the application process, financial support, and logistics can be found at http://www.int.washington.edu/PROGRAMS/18-2c/. The deadline for applications is March 15, 2018.


2017 TALENT course at the ECT* (July 3-21)

The second edition of Course 5 on "Theory for Exploring Nuclear Structure Experiments", was held at the European Center for Theoretical Nuclear Physics and Related Areas (ECT*), Trento, Italy from July 3 to July 21, 2017. The lecturers were Alex Brown (Michigan State University), Alexandra Gade (Michigan State University), Robert Grzywacz (University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory), Morten Hjorth-Jensen (Michigan State University and University of Oslo), and Gustav Jansen (Oak Ridge National Laboratory).

The course materials can be found at the course github site.

Contact: Morten Hjorth-Jensen, hjensen@msu.edu


TALENT courses given in 2016

Two TALENT courses were offered in 2016. The topics, principal lecturers, and application links were:

Course 4: Density Functional Theory and Self-Consistent Methods at the University of York in York, UK was held from July 17 to August 6, 2016. The principal lecturers were Jacek Dobaczewski, Andrea Idini, Alessandro Pastore, and Nicolas Schunck. For general information on this course, go to Course 4: Density functional theory and self-consistent methods and this link. The written course materials and videos of the lectures are freely available. Contact: Jacek Dobaczewski (jacek.dobaczewski@york.ac.uk).

Course 9: Quantum Monte Carlo Methods for Nuclear Physics and Related Areas at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina was held from from July 11 to July 29, 2016. The principal lecturers included Joe Carlson, Joaquín Drut, Stefano Gandolfi, and Dean Lee. For information on the course, go to Course 9: High-performance computing and computational tools for nuclear physics and the local website. Lectures and codes are freely available; this is the schedule. Contact: Stefano Gandolfi (stefano@lanl.gov).


TALENT courses given in 2015

Course 7: Nuclear Physics of Neutron Stars and Supernovae at the University of Washington Institute for Nuclear Theory was held in Seattle, WA, from June 21 to July 11, 2015. For information on the course, go to Course 7: Nuclear theory for astrophysics.

Course 2: Many-Body Methods for Nuclear Physics at GANIL was held in Caen, France, from July 5 to July 25, 2015. 'For information on the course, go to Course 2: Many-body methods for nuclear physics.

Course 3: Few-Body Methods and Nuclear Reactions at the ECT* was held in Trento, Italy, from July 19 to August 8, 2015. For information on the course, go to Course 3: Few-body methods and nuclear reactions.