Notices for Nuclear Astrophysics

Dear Workshop Colleagues,

Thank you in advance for participating in the upcoming HRIBF Users Workshop on November 13-14. The workshop will, as you know, have specialized breakout sessions to allow in-depth exploration of the scientific case for an upgraded cyclotron at our ISOL facility. The information generated in the workshop will form the basis of a white paper in support of this facility upgrade.

As organizers of the Nuclear Astrophysics breakout session, we would like to invite you to join in discussions of how beams at HRIBF will be used to improve our understanding of element synthesis and energy generation in stellar explosions and other exciting astrophysical phenomena. Our session will start with a delicious working dinner at 5:30 p.m. on Friday evening and finish by 10:00 p.m. We will also meet at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday morning to summarize our findings.

Our session will be primarily discussion based, focusing on the following topics:

  1. Novae & X-ray Bursts -- Studies with Proton-rich beams
  2. Supernovae -- Studies with Neutron-rich beams
  3. Other astrophysics studies (solar physics, stellar evolution ...)

For each topic, we will come up with compelling experiments at HRIBF that need, or can benefit from, the upgrade. We will also discuss a number of related issues such as desired beam species, needs for new and upgraded detection systems, and new experimental approaches.

To ensure valuable and lively discussions, we are asking participants to

  * read over the background information on the Workshop website
    [on the new cyclotron, estimated beam intensities, and HRIBF strategic plan]
  * think of compelling experiments that help make the case for our upgrade

If you would like to put your ideas in a powerpoint slide or two to help us make the session summary, that would also be great.

The background information and other details can be found at
See you on November 13 !

Dan Bardayan, ORNL
Jeff Blackmon, LSU
Peter Parker, Yale
Ray Kozub, TTU
Michael Smith, ORNL

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