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TALENT: Training in Advanced Low Energy Nuclear Theory
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Course 1: From Quarks and Gluons to Nuclear Forces and Structure

The second edition of Course 1 entitled From Quarks and Gluons to Nuclear Forces and Structure was held at the ECT* from July 15 to August 2. The course organizers were Dean Lee (leed@frib.msu.edu) and Andrea Shindler (shindler at frib.msu.edu).


Lattice Quantum Chromodynamics (LQCD), chiral effective field theory (chiEFT) and nuclear lattice effective field theory (NLEFT) have in recent years achieved great progress. These advances provide new possibilities to explore and study fundamental questions in strongly interacting systems relevant for nuclear physics, with the goal of fully controlling all uncertainties. Students attending the 2019 TALENT summer school "From Quarks and Gluons to Nuclear Forces and Structure" will be trained in state-of-the-art methods and concepts in first principles nuclear theory such as LQCD, chiEFT and NLEFT. The purpose is to prepare the next generation of nuclear theorists on how to determine physical properties of multi-hadron systems from the fundamental theory of the strong interactions.


  • Introduction to Lattice QCD: theory and algorithms
  • Lattice QCD computational methods and approaches to Nuclear Physics
  • Multi-hadron systems in Lattice QCD
  • Hadron interactions in chiral effective field theory
  • Nuclear lattice effective field theory

See the course website for more details and for course materials.


  • Zohreh Davoudi (University of Maryland)
  • Evgeny Epelbaum (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
  • Dean Lee (Michigan State University)
  • Thomas Luu (Forschungszentrum Jülich and Univeristy of Bonn)
  • Francesco Pederiva (University of Trento)
  • Andrea Shindler (Michigan State University)

2013 Course 1: Nuclear forces and their impact in nuclear structure

The first edition of Course 1 entitled 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".