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FRIB-TA Annual Meeting August 8-10, 2022 at LECM

During the LECM, the FRIB-TA holds its annual meeting where we showcase the great science being done by our young colleagues - a talented group that now consists of four Bridge Faculty and three Theory Fellows. It is also an opportunity for all of you to actively participate in shaping the FRIB science program.

FRIB-TA Summer School: Quantum Computing and Nuclear Few- and Many-Body Problems, June 20-22, 2022

Introduction and Motivation

Recent developments in quantum information systems and technologies offer the possibility to address some of the most challenging large-scale problems in science, whether they are represented by complicated interacting quantum mechanical systems or classical systems. The last years have seen a rapid and exciting development in algorithms and quantum hardware. The emphasis of this summer school is to highlight, through a series of lectures and hands-on exercises and practice sessions, how quantum computing algorithms can be used to study nuclear few- and many-body problems of relevance for low-energy nuclear physics. And how quantum computing algorithms can aid in studying systems with increasingly many more degrees of freedom compared with more classical few- and many-body methods. Several quantum algorithms for solving quantum-mechanical few- and many-particle problems with be discussed. The lectures will start with the basic ideas of quantum computing. Thereafter, through examples from nuclear physics, we will elucidate how different quantum algorithms can be used to study these systems. The results from various quantum computing algorithms will be compared to standard methods like full configuration interaction theory, field theories on the lattice, in-medium similarity renormalization group and coupled cluster theories.

Organizers and main teachers:

Alexei Bazavov (MSU), Scott Bogner (MSU), Heiko Hergert (MSU), Matthew Hirn (MSU), Morten Hjorth-Jensen (MSU), Dean Lee (MSU), Huey-Wen Lin (MSU), and Andrea Shindler (MSU)

Contact person:

Morten Hjorth-Jensen, hjensen@msu.edu

For more information, see https://indico.frib.msu.edu/event/54/ and https://github.com/NuclearPhysicsWorkshops/FRIB-TASummerSchoolQuantumComputing for a tentative program and schedule.

Announcement of FRIB theory fellows for 2022

The FRIB Theory Alliance conducted a search for two new FRIB theory fellows in the Fall of 2021. The search committee received excellent applications and selected a shortlist of five. The interviews took place in-person in December 2021. Following the recommendation of the search committee Anna McCoy and Chien-Yeah Seng were selected as the two new FRIB theory fellows. Anna research plan is to explore symmetries in nuclei to characterize their properties at a more fundamental level. Chien-Yeah research plan is to use nuclear processes for searches of physics beyond the standard model. Anna will be hosted by Washington University in St. Louis and Chien-Yeah will be hosted by University of Washington. Please join the FRIB-TA in congratulating Anna and Chien-Yeah and wishing them a successful stay at FSU and UW.

For more details on Fellows see Supported scientists.

FRIB Theory Alliance Bridge Faculty Member Earns NSF Career Award

Sebastian König, an assistant professor of physics at North Carolina State University (NC State) and FRIB Theory Alliance (FRIB-TA) bridge faculty member, has received a Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The award, also known as the NSF CAREER award, is one of the highest awards the foundation bestows upon young faculty in the sciences. https://frib.msu.edu/news/2021/nsf-career.html

U.S. Department of Energy designates FRIB as DOE Office of Science user facility

The U.S. Department of Energy has designated the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams at Michigan State University as an Office of Science user facility. U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette announced the designation at a special ceremony held outdoors at MSU, under a tent adjacent to FRIB.
The university is establishing FRIB under a cooperative agreement with the DOE Office of Science, supporting the mission of the Office of Nuclear Physics. FRIB will enable scientists to make discoveries about the properties of rare isotopes (short-lived nuclei not normally found on Earth), nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions and applications for society, including in medicine, homeland security and industry. More than 1,400 scientific users are poised to conduct research at FRIB when user operation commences in early 2022.
For more information visit MSU Today

Paul Gueye, The (Hidden) Shades of Physics - Perspectives of being a Black Physicist

Paul Gueye, Associate Professor of Physics at Michigan State University National Superconduction Cyclotron Laboratory shares The (Hidden) Shades of Physics - Perspectives of being a Black Physicist

FRIB Theory Alliance EUSTIPEN Program - The EUSTIPEN program has been suspended due to travel restrictions with COVID-19. Please check back when global travel resumes.
EUSTIPEN Mission: The Europe-U.S. Theory Institute for Physics with Exotic Nuclei (EUSTIPEN) has been established in order to facilitate collaborations between U.S.-based and Europe-based scientists whose main research thrust is in the area of the physics of nuclei. U.S. participation in EUSTIPEN is in the form of travel grants and subsistence grants to ECT* in Trento to those individuals who are interested in collaborating with European scientists. EUSTIPEN’s purview is in the area of physics of or with exotic nuclei, including nuclear structure and reaction theory, nuclear astrophysics, and tests of the standard model using exotic nuclei. Funding for EUSTIPEN is being provided through the FRIB Theory Alliance by the Office of Nuclear Physics of the U. S. Department of Energy.

If you have an interest in forging new or continuing collaborations with European colleagues, this travel grant is for you. Students and postdocs are encouraged to apply.

For additional information regarding EUSTIPEN click here.

FRIB theory alliance bridge position at OU

Dr Christian Drischler, an FRIB theory fellow since 2020 at MSU, has accepted a tenure-track faculty position in the Physics Department of Ohio University, under the FRIB-TA bridge program.

Christian’s research includes applications of chiral effective theory and many-body perturbation theory to nuclear matter equation of state and neutron stars, as well as Bayesian methods and emulators for nuclear scattering and reactions. Congratulations Christian!

FRIB-TA Bridge Faculty member Maria Piarulli is a winner of a 2021 DOE-SC Early Career Award

Five scientists who will perform research at FRIB have received 2021 U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC) Early Career Research Program. https://frib.msu.edu/news/2021/early-career-awards-2021.html

FRIB theory alliance bridge position at FSU
Dr. Kevin Fossez, an FRIB theory fellow since 2019 at ANL, has accepted a tenure-track faculty position in the Physics department of Florida State University. His research is on the boundaries of nuclear structure and nuclear reactions, and his interests overlap strongly with the FSU experimental program. Congratulations Kevin!
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"FRIB is a discovery machine. It will enable researchers to investigate what holds together the atomic nuclei were made of and how those elements were created.To understand that, scientists study rare isotopes."

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