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In October 2018, we will hold the fifth joint meeting of the Division of Nuclear Physics of the American Physical Society (APS) with the nuclear physicists of the Physical Society of Japan (JPS). The previous meetings in 2001, 2005, 2009 and 2014 were outstanding successes.

Hawaii 2018 will be held at the Hilton Waikoloa Village on Hawaii's Big Island, 23-27 October, 2018. In addition to showcasing exciting nuclear physics, Hawaii 2018 is intended to foster cooperation, collaboration, and the exchange of ideas among the nuclear scientists from Japan, the U.S., and other Pacific Rim countries. It will provide an opportunity for students from Japan and the U.S. to meet and discuss their visions of careers in the field of nuclear physics.

The venue for this year's joint meeting, the Hilton Waikaloa Village, is the same as for the 2014 meeting. It is located just 18 miles north of the Kona International Airport. SuperShuttle provides van service.

Complete Conference Coordinators, Inc. has negotiated a government rate for sleeping rooms for the meeting. The resort is located on a 62 acre parcel at the ocean's edge and has ample meeting space, interesting restaurants, and a 4 acre lagoon for snorkeling and swimming with dolphins. It is near a shopping center with several restaurants and a friendly food court. The venue is near Mauna Kea and the Keck and Subaru Observatories.



Organizing Committee

  • David J. Dean, ORNL
  • Abhay L. Deshpande, Stony Brook
  • Benjamin F. Gibson, LANL (Co-Chair)
  • Kouichi Hagino, Tohoku U
  • Kenneth H. Hicks, Ohio U
  • Reiner Kuecken, TRIUMF
  • Tomofumi Nagae, Kyoto (Co-Chair)
  • Takashi Nakano, RCNP
  • Akira Ohnishi, Kyoto
  • Tomohiro Uesaka, RIKEN

International Advisory Committee

  • Sinya Aoki, Kyoto
  • Joseph A. Carlson, LANL
  • Richard F. Casten, Yale
  • Jens Dilling, TRIUMF
  • Hideto En'yo, RIKEN
  • Bradley W. Filippone, Caltech
  • Haiyan Gao, Duke
  • Donald F. Geesaman, ANL
  • Ikuko Hamamoto, RIKEN
  • Ken-ichi Imai, J-PARC
  • Barbara V. Jacak, LBNL
  • Sunchan Jeong, RISP/IBS
  • Tadafumi Kishimoto, Osaka
  • Larry D. McLerran, INT
  • Robert D. McKeown, JLab
  • Richard G. Milner, MIT
  • Shoji Nagamiya, RIKEN
  • Makoto Oak, Tokyo Tech
  • Takaharu Otsuka, U Tokyo
  • Naohito Saito, J-PARC
  • Hiroyoshi Sakurai, RIKEN/U Tokyo
  • Bradley M. Sherrill, MSU
  • Isao Tanihata, RCNP
  • Katsuo Tokushuku, KEK
  • Robert E. Tribble, BNL
  • John F. Wilkerson, U North Carolina
  • Sherry J. Yennello, TAMU

Program Committee

  • Robert V. F. Janssens (Chair), Univ. of North Carolina
  • Christine Aidala , Univ. of Michigan
  • David J. Dean, Oak Ridge National Lab
  • Jon Engel, Univ. of North Carolina
  • Nadia Fomin , Univ. of Tennessee
  • Benjamin F. Gibson, Los Alamos Nat. Lab
  • Taku Gunji , CNS, Univ. of Tokyo
  • Greg Hackman, TRIUMF
  • Kouichi Hagino, Tohoku Univ.
  • Kenneth H. Hicks, Ohio University
  • Or Hen, Massachusetts Inst. of Tech.
  • Kei Iida, Kochi Univ.
  • Daniel Kasen, UC Berkeley
  • Benjamin Kay, Argonne National Lab
  • Krishna Kumar, Stony Brook Univ.
  • Tomofumi Nagae, Kyoto University
  • Takashi Nakano, RCNP, Osaka
  • Hiroyuki Noumi, RCNP, Osaka,
  • Akira Ohnishi, YITP, Kyoto Univ.
  • Julie Roche, Ohio Univ.
  • Andrew Rogers, Univ. of Mass Lowell
  • Shoichi Sasaki, Tohoku Univ.
  • Kimiko Sekiguchi, Tohoku Univ.
  • Phiala Shanahan , Coll. of William & Mary
  • Matthew Shepherd, Indiana University
  • Tomohiro Uesaka, RIKEN
  • Alfredo Galindo Urribari, ORNL
  • Yutaka Utsuno, JAEA
  • Julia Velkovska, Vanderbilt Univ.
  • John F. Wilkerson, Univ. of North Carolina
  • Christopher Wrede, Michigan State Univ.


Abstract Submission

  • All abstracts should be submitted to the APS abstract management website
    which opened on 4 June 2018. The meeting ID is HAW18. Contributed abstracts are limited to a total of 1300 characters and Invited abstracts are limited to a total of 2000 characters, including title, text, footnotes, and acknowledgments. The utility includes a character counter.
  • The deadline for abstract submission is 1 July 2018.
  • Some guidance for using the web site:
    1. If one is an APS member who cannot recall his/her username/password, then click on "Forgot your username/password?", and you will be transferred to the APS membership page, where one can look up her/his username or have a temporary password sent.
    2. Those who are NOT APS members, or are reciprocal society members, will need to create a free web account. All abstract submitters need to have a web account, whether they are members or not. If one is not an APS member, then from the login page one should click "New User?", which will transfer one to the page where one can set up a web account. Note that a web account is NOT an APS membership, so that one does not actually have to join APS to submit an abstract.
    3. LaTeX users: Submitters will input their abstract information using on-screen text editor boxes. (There is no option to upload an RTF file.) One can use math LaTeX in the abstract, but it will not render correctly when the abstract is viewed through Mira. The LaTex will display properly once it is posted in the bulletin; however, that is too late. Therefore, it is recommended that one generate the abstract off-line, so that one can create the associated pdf. Once the abstract is correct, then the LaTeX components (title, text, acknowledgement) can be pasted into the appropriate text editor box. If there is something that one would like to do but cannot figure out how to do it, contact information for the APS is on every screen, as well as contact information for Mira technical support. Help will be provided to achieve whatever is needed.

Registration and Accommodations

Registration and hotel reservations for the Hawaii 2018 Joint Meeting must be done through Complete Conference Coordinators, Inc. You may register using the following link
Complete Conference Coordinators

The registration fee pays for meeting rooms, audio-visual equipment, BAPS program, registration costs, etc. that support the workshops on Tuesday as well as the four days of scientific sessions on Wednesday through Saturday. There is no separate charge for the reception on Tuesday evening. The "Women in Physics" dinner on Wednesday afternoon will require purchase of a ticket, because seating will be limited and food must be ordered in advance. The Awards Session at noon on Friday will provide a box lunch for which a ticket must be purchased in advance, so that box lunches can be ordered from the hotel. The Luau on Friday evening will require purchase of a ticket.

Registration Fee Schedule

Non Members
Student/ Unemployed
Early Reg.
(by 12 September)
Late Reg.
(13 Sept -- 12 Oct)
On-site Reg.

Event Tickets

Advance Sale On-Site Sale
Women in Physics Tickets
Award Session Box Lunch Tickets
Luau Tickets

Program, Workshop, Invited Sessions and Mini-Symposia


The planning for the Workshops, Invited Sessions, and Mini-symposia topics will be completed by the end of April. Abstracts from all speakers are due 1 July. The full details of the program will appear as the on-line Bulletin of the American Physical Society (BAPS) by the first of August. Topics will be posted on this website as they are fully known.

Below is a skeletal outline of the program, which will begin with the workshops on Tuesday -- 20 half-day workshops -- and will end on Saturday afternoon with parallel invited sessions, mini-symposia, and contributed paper sessions.

Tuesday, 23 October
morning 10 Workshops
afternoon 10 Workshops
evening Opening Reception
Wednesday, 24 October
morning Plenary Session
noon IAC/OC lunch
afternoon Women in Physics Dinner
evening Parallel Scientific Sessions
Thursday, 25 October
morning Parallel Scientific Sessions
evening Parallel Scientific Sessions
Friday, 26 October
morning Parallel Scientific Sessions
noon Box lunch DNP Awards Session
afternoon CEU Poster Session/ Phys. Rev. Reception
late afternoon DNP Business/Town Meeting/JPS Business Meetings
evening Luau
Saturday, 27 October
morning Parallel Scientific Sessions
afternoon Parallel Scientific Sessions

Proposed Tuesday Workshops

This is a list of the half-day workshops proposed for Tuesday October 23. The odd-numbered workshops will be in the morning, the even numbered workshops in the afternoon.

1. Large-scale computation for nuclear many-body problems Utsuno / Nazarewicz
2. Insights into Hypernuclear Physics from JLab and J-PARC Hiyama / Gibson
3. Physics and chemistry of the heaviest elements and nuclei Sakai / Rykaczewski
4. Spectroscopy of flavored baryons Hosaka / Joo
5. Nuclear Fission Turns 80 Nishio / Vogt
6. Quenching of Spectroscopic Factors: Open Questions and Future Perspectives Wimmer / Crawford
7. Fundamental Physics at Low Energy (I) Mibe, Sakemi, Shimizu, El-Kharda, Hertzog, Mueller, Snow
8. Fundamental Physics at Low Energy (II) Mibe, Sakemi, Shimizu, El-Kharda, Hertzog, Mueller, Snow
9. Proton Charge Radius Puzzle Suda, Gasparian
10. R-process in the era of neutron star merger observations Kajino, Estrade
20. Active Target TPCs for the study of nuclear reactions form near barrier to high energy Suzuki, Bazin, Mittig
11. Hadron structure 1 Goto, Reidl, Vossen, Melnitchouk
12. Hadron structure 2 Goto, Reidl, Vossen, Melnitchouk
13. Future Prospects of Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay Searches Kishimoto, Poon
14. Implication for the nuclear Equation of State from the neutron star merger event Isobe, Maruyama, Tsang, Danielewicz
15. Surrogate techniques for neutron-induced reactions on radioactive nuclei for fundamental and applied nuclear science Kubono, Cizewski
16. Evolution of nuclear properties towards the drip lines: Reaction studies with large-acceptance spectrometers Nakamura / Zegers
17. Gamma-ray Spectroscopy in Japan and North America: Recent Highlights and Future Opportunities Aoi / Macchiavelli
18. Antiproton Physics: Fundamental Symmetries, Hadron structure, and the Universe Matsuda / Fujiwara
19. Probing Quark-Gluon Plasma with Jets and Heavy-flavor Particles Chujo / Velkovska

Proposed Invited Sessions

Cold Dense Matter and Neutron Stars Iida, Hen
Exploring QCD through the hadron spectrum Hicks,Shepherd
Frontiers of QGP physics Gunji, Velkovska
Frontiers of nuclear theory Utsuno, Hackman
Quantum Computing and Machine Learning for Nuclear Physics Shanahan, Sasaki
Recent Advances in Neutrino/Nuclear Physics Engel, Wilkerson

Proposed Mini-Symposia

The Properties of rp-Process Nuclei Kay, Rogers, Uesaka
The Structural Diversity of Nuclei in the Proximity of N=20 and 28 Kay, Rogers, Utsuno
From two to three-nucleon correlations in nuclei : recent results and implications Sekiguchi, Hackman, Fomin, Hen
Hadron transport models for symmetry energy Ohnishi, Wrede, Tsang
CAGRA Hackman, Nakano
Active Target Techniques For Studies with Exotic Beams Kay, Rogers, Uesaka
Proton Puzzles Deshpande, Qiu, Shanahan, Goto, Iwata, Sasaki, Suda
Collectivity from small to large colliding systems Gunji, Hirano, Velkovska
Chirality and vorticity in high-energy nuclear collisions Gunji, Hirano, Velkovska
The search for a critical point in the QCD phase diagram Velkovska, Chujo, Esumi
Studying Quantum Chromodynamics at an Electron-Ion Collider Aidala, Sasaki, Roche, Shanahan
Hadron Spectroscopy with Electron, Photon, and Hadron Beams Kaneta, Aidala, Noumi
Mini-symposium on fundamental symmetries (many-body systems) Ichikawa, Behr, Nakano, Fomin
Fundamental Neutron Physics Fomin, Broussard, Snow, Martin, Hatanaka
Strangeness Nuclear Physics Today and Tomorrow Tamura,Ohnishi, Gibson
Intersections of Neutrino and Charged Lepton Scattering Keppel, Roche, Fomin, Sasaki
Intersections of Neutrino Physics and Nuclear Physics Galindo-Uribarri, Menendez, Uesaka


Planning for the CEU program is now underway. It is anticipated that the program will include an orientation session, two or more undergraduate seminars, an ice cream social, a graduate school information session, and a CEU poster session. CEU participants will likely find the Box lunch Awards Session on Friday of interest, with talks by the Mentoring Award winner, the Dissertation Award winner, and the Freedman Award winner. There will be a nominal charge for the box lunch, with tickets to be purchased during the registration process. Details of the CEU 2018 program can be found at the URL https://www.uwlax.edu/ceu/current.


Social Functions

A number of special functions will take place during the Hawaii 2018 Joint Meeting. Some of these will have no charge. Those with a charge are indicated in the information below.

  • Tuesday evening, 23 October, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    An Opening Reception will be held on the lagoon terrace in the area adjacent to the registration desk and the lagoon. The reception is open to all registered meeting participants and registered companions.
  • Wednesday morning, 24 October, 10 a.m.
    A Companions Program for all registered companions will take place near the Registration desk. In addition to light refreshments, a speaker will outline the various activities that are available at the Hilton Waikoloa.
  • Wednesday afternoon, 24 October, 5:00 p.m.
    A "Women in Physics" function is being organized by Gail Dodge (Old Dominion University) of the DNP and Kimiko Sekiguchi (Tohoku University) of the JPS. Tickets are available for $10.00 (in advance). Attendance will be limited by the space available.
  • Friday, 26 October, 12:00 - 1:45 p.m.
    A DNP Awards session will be held in the Ballroom. A box lunch will be served; tickets will be available at a cost of $10.00 (in advance). All are welcome to hear talks by the DNP Mentoring Award winner, the Dissertation Award winner, and the Freedman Award winner.
  • Friday, 26 October, 2:00-3:45 p.m.
    CEU poster session in the Foyer space adjacent to the Registration desk (outside the Ballroom).
  • Friday, 26 October, 2:00-3:45 p.m.
    Physical Review Reception will be held on the lagoon terrace in parallel with the CEU poster session. Meet the Physical Review C, Physical Review Letters, and Reviews of Modern Physics editors.
  • Friday, 26 October, 6:30 p.m.
    A Hawaiian Luau will be held with Hawaiian food and entertainment. Luau tickets must be purchased prior to the event.


Conference Coordinator

Carol E. Kuo, CMP
Complete Conference Coordinators, Inc.
817 Ogden Ave., P.O. Box 4357
Lisle, IL 60532-9357

Division of Nuclear Physics

Benjamin F. Gibson
T-02, MS B283
Los Alamos National Lab
Los Alamos, NM 87545