The NSF has approved the S4 funding for the development of
an underground accelerator facility at DUSEL. The main goal
of the facility is the measurement of low energy reaction
cross sections of relevance for stellar nucleosynthesis processes.
The Dakota Ion Accelerators for Nuclear Astrophysics DIANA
will consist of two accelerators to cover a broader energy
range than presently possible at the LUNA facility at the
Gran Sasso underground laboratory in Italy. The figure shows
a conceptual design of the DIANA facility. (Click
on the figure)
Richard H. Cyburt discusses unstable relic particles on ScienceWatch.com.
He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Joint
Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics of the NSCL at Michigan State University in East
Lansing, Michigan. Dr. Cyburt is the lead author of the second-most-cited
paper listed in the Research Front Map titled, "The Big Bang,"
from Top Topics for April 2009 from the field of Space Science.
to his podcast on ScienceWatch.com.
JINA has signed a collaborative agreement with the German
Excellence Cluster "Origin and Structure of the Universe"
which includes research groups and efforts at the Technical
University Munich, the Ludwig Maximilian University Munich,
the Max Planck Institutes for Astrophysics, Extraterrestrial
Physics, Plasma Physics at Garching, and the ESO European
Southern Observatory (http://www.universe-cluster.de/).
First collaborative projects concentrate on the studies of
the origins of galactic radioactivities and the role of nuclear
reaction processes in type Ia supernovae. Anticipated is an
extensive exchange of researchers and students between the
JINA and Cluster institutions. In addition, a number of joint
workshops and schools are planned in the near future to improve
the exchange of information and expertise in the field of
JINA supported meeting "NUGRID: 2nd Collaboration Meeting"
was held on July 20-24, 2009 at the University of Notre
Michigan State University announced that the cooperative agreement
for the establishment of FRIB
between the U.S. Department of Energy and MSU has been signed.
The JINA scientist Tim Beers has been elected the recipient of a Humboldt Research Award after having been nominated for this award by the German scientists Prof. Dr. Norbert Christlieb, Prof. Dr. Eva Grebel and Prof. Dr. Andreas Quirrenbach, Zentrum für Astronomie, Landessternwarte Königstuhl, University of Heidelberg. This award is conferred in recognition of lifetime achievements in research. In addition, the awardee is invited to carry out research projects of his own choice in cooperation with specialist colleagues in Germany.
From May 18 - 21, 2009 in Santa Fe, New Mexico,
USA, a JINA's workshop on Defining the Neutron Star Crust:
X-ray Bursts, Superbursts and Giant Flares (CRUST09) took
here for the CRUST09 workshop blog. (More)
JINA co-sponsored an international workshop on "Role of Low Energy Fusion Reactions
in Nuclear Astrophysics: Carbon Burning" from May 14 to 16, 2009 at Villa Orlandi, Anacapri, Naples, Italy. Website
Read a research featured article on the NSF website "Behind
the Scenes: Shockwave of X-ray Starquake Enthralls Scientists",
which took place at NSCL in Michigan State University.
The 6th Russbach Workshop on Nuclear Astrophysics took place from March 2 - 6, 2009 in Rußbach am Paß Gschütt, Austria. Poster
JINA hosted a refreshing and training course on R-matrix
techniques with AZURE at the ISNAP of Physics Department in Notre Dame from February 25 - 27, 2009. More
JINA Sponsored a workshop on Solar Fusion Cross Sections for
the pp Chain and CNO Cycle from January 21 - 23, 2009 at INT (Institute for Nuclear Theory), Seattle, WA, USA. See Website
Matt Klein from Half Hollow Hills High School West in Dix
Hills, NY, has been named a Semifinalist in the Intel Science
Talent Search 2009 based on a JINA research project he carried
out in Summer 2008 at Michigan State University's National
Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory.