Nuclear Structure '06

July 24-28, 2006
Pollard Technology Conference Center
Oak Ridge, Tennessee, 37830

New: List of conference participants is not available, for now.

A PDF file (32 MB) of the book of abstracts is available online and can be downloaded, see the Program page.

Daily Conference Agenda updated, see the Program page.

Information on posters is also updated on the Program Page.

Note: Non-US citizens, especially citizens of "sensitive countries" need to allow ample time to obtain a US visa. Please contact the conference secretary if you need an official letter of invitation.

The Physics Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory will host the Conference "Nuclear Structure '06" in Oak Ridge, Tennessee from July 24-28, 2006. This is the next meeting in a series of nuclear structure conferences organized every second year in North America. The meeting is timed to follow the Fifth Rare Isotope Accelerator Summer School, to facilitate attendance of the school participants in both events.

In addition to covering current topics in nuclear structure physics, the conference will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the dedication of Gammasphere by highlighting the many scientific accomplishments of this powerful array, along with discussions of the new physics opportunities, which could be realized with the Gammasphere in the coming years.

The focus of the conference will be on recent experimental and theoretical developments in nuclear structure physics, with emphasis on nuclear behavior under extreme conditions as outlined below:


  • Proton-rich nuclei, including N~Z nuclei
  • Neutron-rich nuclei
  • Synthesis and structure of very heavy nuclei
  • Masses, moments and radii
  • Decay modes and decay spectroscopy
  • High spins, including high-spin isomers
  • Collective phases, many-body symmetries, clustering in nuclei
  • Warm nuclei and giant resonances
  • Interface of structure and astrophysics
  • Interface of structure and reactions
  • Interface of structure and tests of the Standard Model
  • Rare isotopes: Beams and facilities, instruments & techniques

  • Nuclear forces & effective interactions
  • Ab initio theory
  • Shell Model
  • Mean-field theories & beyond
  • Weakly-bound and unbound nuclei: Properties, physics of open channels
  • Many-body symmetries & clustering in nuclei
  • Reactions
  • Interdisciplinary aspects of the nuclear many body problem
  • The conference format consists of invited talks, as well as oral and poster presentations of the contributed abstracts. Following the tradition of the previous meetings, the majority of the talks will be selected from the submitted abstracts. The remaining contributions, if suitable for this conference, may be presented by a poster. Very short (~ 5 min) oral presentations to highlight the best posters are also foreseen.

    The conference will begin on Monday morning (July 24) and end around 6 pm on Friday, July 28. There will be a welcoming reception in the evening of Sunday July 23, and a banquet on Thursday, July 27.

    Some general information about the conference is provided below. More specific information may be found through the appropriate links on this web site. For assistance with any special needs or any other information about the conference please contact the conference secretary.



  • Deadline for submission of abstracts to be considered for oral presentation: Passed.
  • Deadline for submission of abstracts to be considered for poster presentation, and for revision of submitted abstracts: COB Monday June 19, 2006
  • Deadline for early registration: Monday June 26, 2006
  • Final deadline for registration: Wednesday July 19, 2006.
  • Deadline for hotel reservations at reduced rates: July 2, July 6, and July 8, 2006
  • Deadline to register for tours of SNS and HRIBF: July 10, 2006

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    Early registration (June 26, 2006): $350
    Late registration (After June 26, 2006): $425
    Students: $250 for early registration; $300 for late registration
    Hardcopy of Proceedings: $70

    Registration fees cover a welcome reception on Sunday, July 23, the conference banquet on Thursday, July 27, lunches from Monday through Friday, coffee breaks, bus rides to ORNL Tours, and conference handouts, including a book or CD of the contributed abstracts and a CD containing the Conference Proceedings.