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An international workshop on "Heavy Element Production in the r-process and Related Topics" will be held on May 6-7th, 2019 in Beihang University, Beijing, China.
Half of the elements heavier than iron are thought to be produced via thousands of neutron capture reactions on neutron-rich unstable nuclei in the r-process. Neutron capture reaction rates, nuclear masses, and beta-decay rates for these exotic nuclei are all critical factors in predicting the yield of heavy elements via the r-process in astrophysical sites including neutron star mergers and core collapse supernovae.
The primary goal of this workshop is to discuss shortcomings in our knowledge of r-process heavy element production and suggest future strategies in experimental, computational, and theoretical work that address these issues. There will be an emphasis on moderated discussions, information sharing, and planning collaborative work in this interdisciplinary field. Topics will include improving nuclear physics input (e.g., neutron captures, nuclear masses, beta decays, optical model potentials, nuclear level structure) for r-process studies via experimental and theoretical efforts, as well as advances needed in modeling r-process sites such as neutron star mergers and supernovae.
L. S. Geng (Beihang University, Beijing 100191, China) [Co-Chair]
M. S. Smith (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA) [Co-Chair]
S. S. Zhang (Beihang University, Beijing 100191, China) [Scientific Secretary]
B. H. Sun (Beihang University, Beijing 100191, China) [Scientific Secretary]
- Prof. Geng, Lisheng
- Prof. Smith, Michael