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Nuclear Astrophysics at FRIB

Hendrik Schatz (MSU)
Monday, May 17, 2021 - 4:00pm
FRIB will be one of the first of a new generation of rare isotope facilities coming online in the next few years, defining a new era for nuclear physics and especially for nuclear astrophysics. Incidentally this coincides with the advent of multi-messenger astronomy, including the detection of astrophysical gravitational waves, and other major developments in astronomy such as time domain astronomy and asteroseismology. Together these developments open unprecedented research opportunities in nuclear astrophysics. The novel properties of rare isotopes to be discovered by FRIB imprint themselves on the observational features and elements created in the violent transient events probed by novel observations. I will discuss the major open questions that we envision to be addressed by joint efforts in FRIB experiments, nuclear theory, astrophysical modeling, and observations, highlight the connections between nuclear physics and astrophysics, and discuss some of the experimental developments that have been ongoing in preparation for the new rare isotope production capabilities at FRIB.  


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