Joint JINA / Universe Cluster

Astrophysical Nuclear Reaction Network School

Abtei Frauenwörth, Chiemsee, Bavaria, Germany

April 10 - 17,2011


The focus of the school will be the understanding and application of nuclear reaction networks to astrophysical models for systems such as novae, x-ray bursts (rp-process) and supernovae (r-process). The reaction network employed will be the public libnucnet code published by Prof. Bradley Meyer, of Clemson University and available for download on the web through Our target group will be graduate students and postdocs with interest in astrophysical reaction networks. Participants may be astrophysics students interested in including nucleosynthesis into their models or in interpreting observations, or nuclear physics students interested in exploring nuclear physics sensitivities in astrophysical models. No prior knowledge other than some basic quantum mechanics and some basic understanding of programming is required.

Our plan is to emphasize group work and practical training with the code libnucnet. The practical work will be complemented by a set of lectures on numerical techniques, reaction rate formalism and the underlying nuclear physics, and astrophysical applications. At the end of the school, students will have the code installed on their computers, will know how to run it, will understand how it works, and will be able to interpret results.

Some limited financial support is available. If you are at a JINA core institution, contact your local JINA Senior Investigator, otherwise send an e-mail to stating your need (kind of support needed and estimated amount) and some brief one paragraph justification.



Shawn Bishop    (Chair, Technische Universität München, Germany)
Hendrik Schatz  (Michigan State University, USA)
Bradley Meyer   (Clemson University, USA)

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Last Updated:   March 30, 2011