Develop theoretical and computational tools to help unravel the role of nuclear and neutrinos physics in extreme astrophysical objects (neutron stars) and phenomena such as supernova and gamma-ray bursts.
Mysteries that surround the origin of the elements, the evolution of stars, their catastrophic death in supernova explosions, the nature of matter at extreme density, and the properties of nature's most elusive particle - the neutrino, are all intimately entangled. A common thread though these seemingly diverse issues is nuclear and neutrino physics. This website is managed by a multi-campus collaboration to study neutrinos and nucleosynthesis in hot and dense environments. We are interested in developing theoretical and computational tools to help unravel the role neutrinos and nuclear physics in extreme astrophysical objects (neutron stars) and phenomena such as supernova and gamma-ray bursts.
This effort is funded by the office of nuclear science at the department of energy (DOE). It is currently one of three topical collaborations funded by this office to solve forefront problems in nuclear physics and related areas.
The topical collaboration is a multi-campus effort involving 10 institutions and about 25 scientists. Participating institutions include:
- Los Alamos National Laboratory (Lead Institution)
- Institute for Nuclear Theory, University of Washington (Lead Institution)
- University of New Mexico
- University of California at San Diego
- University of California at Berkeley
- Stony Brook University
- North Carolina State University
- Ohio University
- University of Minnesota
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Washington University