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TALENT: Training in Advanced Low Energy Nuclear Theory
Training the next generation of nuclear physicists
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Welcome to the TALENT Website!

The website is undergoing many renovations, including a change in servers, which will lead to enhanced functionality and access to course material. We hope to have everything in place soon, but please be patient in the meantime. Please email Dick Furnstahl at furnstahl.1@osu.edu if you are having problems with the TALENT site or if you have comments.


Look under the About menu to learn about the TALENT initiative. Look under the Membership menu to sign up to join TALENT and to get a list of current individual and institutional members.

Applications closed for 2017 TALENT course (July 3-21)

Applications are now closed for the second edition of Course 5 on "Theory for Exploring Nuclear Structure Experiments", to be held at the European Center for Theoretical Nuclear Physics and Related Areas (ECT*), Trento, Italy from July 3 to July 21, 2017. The lecturers are 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).

A detailed content list can be found at the course github site. The target groups are Master of Science and PhD students and early post-doctoral researchers, both experimentalists and theorists.

Prior to the TALENT course, the ECT* will offer a Doctoral Training program on Microscopic Theories of Nuclear Structure, Dynamics and Electroweak Currents from June 12 to June 30, 2017. The doctoral training program can be combined with the TALENT course. Applicants interested in attending the doctoral training program can find more information here.

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

TALENT course planned for 2018 (tentative)

Three TALENT courses are currently planned for 2018:

  • The first edition of Course 8 on Theoretical approaches to describe exotic nuclei will be titled Atomic Nuclei as Open Quantum Systems: Unifying Nuclear Structure and Reactions. It will be offered in the summer of 2018. T he principal lecturers will be Christian Forssén (Chalmers University of Technology), Witek Nazarewicz (Michigan State University), Marek Ploszajczak (GANIL), and Alexander Volya (Florida State University). Contact: Christian Forssén (christian.forssen@chalmers.se).
  • The first edition of Course 10 on Fundamental Symmetries will be offered at the INT in the summer of 2018. Contact: Michael Ramsey-Musolf (mjrm@physics.umass.edu).
  • The second edition of Course 6: Theory for exploring nuclear reaction experiments will be held in summer, 2018 (location TBA). The same team from the first edition of Course 6 will return.

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).

[Note: Course 8: Atomic Nuclei as Open Quantum Systems: Unifying Nuclear Structure and Reactions is postponed until 2018.]

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.