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TALENT: Training in Advanced Low Energy Nuclear Theory
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Course 1: Nuclear forces and their impact in nuclear structure

The TALENT/INT course on Nuclear forces and their impact on structure, reactions, and astrophysics was held at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA from July 1 to July 19, 2013.

Course organizers: Dick Furnstahl, Morten Hjorth-Jensen, Witek Nazarewicz, Achim Schwenk

The TALENT/INT course on Nuclear Forces given in July, 2013 covered modern theoretical approaches to nuclear forces and their impact on nuclear structure, reactions and astrophysics. This includes the development of pionless and chiral effective field theory, with a focus on which parts of nuclear forces drive different physics in light to heavy nuclei and at neutron-rich extremes. A problem-based approach was emphasized with some computational topics integrated with the physics topics. The principal lecturers were Dick Furnstahl and Achim Schwenk. The topics included:

  • Introduction to the strong interaction: QCD, pions and nucleons.
  • Nucleon-nucleon scattering.
  • Nuclear forces at low energies, symmetries, and pionless EFT.
  • Universal large scattering length physics.
  • Tensor and spin-orbit forces, deuteron properties.
  • Chiral effective field theory.
  • Three-nucleon forces.
  • Connections to electroweak processes.
  • Impact on properties of light to heavy nuclei.
  • Impact on neutron and nuclear matter.

The target groups for the course included both theorists and experimentalists with at least one year of PhD course experience (for Europe: at least advanced MSc).

The course schedule, written materials, and videos of the lectures can be found here under "Program".