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Microscopic Theories of Nuclear Structure, Dynamics and Electroweak Currents


Serena degli Avancini
+39 0461 314723
Monday, 12 June, 2017 - 09:00 to Friday, 30 June, 2017 - 19:00
ECT* Rustico conference room 2nd floor

The ab initio approach for the description of nuclear structure and dynamics is based on the tenet that protons and neutrons behave as pointlike non relativistic particles, whose interactions can be modeled by a Hamiltonian involving two- and three-body potentials strongly constrained by phenomenology. However, the calculation of nuclear properties within this framework involves severe difficulties, and requires the use of advanced computational techniques, suitable for the treatment of strongly interacting many-body systems.

The past two decades have witnessed a great deal of progress in both the accurate determination of the nuclear Hamiltonian and the development of new and ever more powerful computational methods.

The 2017 ECT* Doctoral Training Programme will be primarily aimed at providing the students with a pedagogical and comprehensive introduction to the state-of-the-art models of nuclear interactions, as well as to the many-body approaches currently employed for the calculation of a variety of nuclear properties. 

The lectures will also include detailed derivations of the nuclear electromagnetic and weak currents, and of the electron- and neutrino-nucleus cross sections. Experimental studies of electron-nucleus scattering have greatly contributed to assess the accuracy of the description of nuclear structure and dynamics, while the understanding of the neutrino-nucleus cross section is needed for the interpretation of the signals detected by accelerator-based searches of neutrino oscillations.

In addition to the students belonging to the nuclear physics community, the 2017 Doctoral Training Programme is meant to address the wider audience of students involved in neutrino experiments exploiting nuclear interactions to study the properties of the beam particle.

The Programme will run for three weeks, covering the following topics:

1. Phenomenological Nuclear Interactions and Currents

2. Nuclear Dynamics from Chiral Effective Field Theory

3. Nuclear Electroweak Current within Chiral Effective Field Theory

4. Quantum Monte Carlo Approach to the Nuclear Many-Body Problem

5. No-Core Shell Model 

6. Self-Consistent Green's Function Method

7. Correlated Basis Function Formalism 

8. Many-Body Theory of Lepton-Nucleus Scattering 

9. Electron and Neutrino Scattering Studies of Nuclei

Students will have ample opportunity to interact with the lecturers outside the formal lecture period and in addition ECT* staff will be on hand to assist in tutorials and problem sessions. Students will have access to the computing facilities of ECT* and will be given the time and opportunity to continue working on their own Ph.D. project.  The program is aimed at students who are in the process of obtaining a Ph.D. in an area related to the theme of the DTP. Enquiries can be addressed to: ECT* staff Serena degli Avancini and for scientific matters to Omar Benhar

Registration period: 
06 Dec 2016 to 11 Mar 2017