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6. The Exotic Beam Summer School (EBSS 2010) Was Held in Oak Ridge in August
[M. S. Smith (ORNL), Summer School Organizer]

HRIBF hosted the Ninth Summer School on Exotic Beam Physics on August 2-6, 2010. The aim of this annual school is to educate young researchers on the excitement and challenges of radioactive ion beam physics and associated theoretical approaches. Through these schools, the research community will be able to more fully exploit the opportunities created by the next generation exotic beam facilities, such as the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) in the U.S.

Lecturers and topics of their lectures for the summer school were:

Carl Brune (Ohio Univ.): Nuclear Astrophysics
Partha Chowdhury (Univ. Massachusetts Lowell): Nuclear Structure Experiments
Martin Freer (Univ. Birmingham): Nuclear Reactions
Alejandro Garcia (Univ. Washington): Weak Interactions
Ken Gregorich (Lawerence Berkely National Lab): Superheavies
Robert Gryzwacz (Univ. Tennessee): Digital Signal Processing
Ritu Kanungo (St. Mary's Univ.): Nuclear Reactions
Suzanne Lapi (Washington Univ. St. Louis): Medical Physics
Kim Lister (Argonne National Lab): FRIB Overview
Dave Morrissey (Michigan State Univ.): RIB Production
David Radford (Oak Ridge National Lab): Gamma Ray Tracking
Bob Wiringa (Argonne National Lab): Nuclear Structure Theory
Vladimir Zelevinsky (Michigan State Univ.): Nuclear Structure Theory

A unique feature of this summer school series is the hands-on activities where students spend their afternoons in the lab of a radioactive beam facility, learning about the techniques and instrumentation needed to carry out experiments with unstable beams. This year, the nine hands-on activities were:

  • ISOL Radioactive Ion Beam Production Using Tandem Beams;
  • Beam Emittance Characterization;
  • Digital Gamma-Ray Spectroscopy;
  • Position Sensitivity in Gamma-Ray Detectors;
  • Silicon-Strip Detector and GRETINA Digitizer;
  • Neutron Detection with Digital Electronics;
  • Digital Tricks in Nuclear Spectroscopy;
  • Neutron Attenuation & Scattering Measurements Using VANDLE;
  • Nucleosynthesis Calculations with the Computational Infrastructure for Nuclear Astrophysics.
  • On one evening, attendees had a poster session where they presented their research projects. On another evening, they had a tour of the ORNL Jaguar Supercomputer [the fastest in the world at 1.75 Petaflops and 250,000 processors] and EVEREST Visualization Center, followed by a Question and Answer session with the Lecturers.

    Directors for the school were Michael Smith [ORNL], Kim Lister [ANL], Augusto Macchiavelli [LBNL], Mark Stoyer [LLNL], and Remco Zegers [MSU]. Caroline Nesaraja [ORNL] played a pivotal role in the local organization efforts. This annual school, which rotates between the organizing laboratories, is specifically designed for graduate students, senior undergraduate students who are actively involved in research, and postdocs (within 2 years of the PhD degree).

    Additional information, lecture notes, and photos can be found at the EBSS 2010 website.

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