U.S. DoE Awards Grants for Nuclear Physics Related Computing Projects

Three nuclear physics related computational research projects involving MSU researchers have won grants from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC).

The five-year awards are part of the "Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing" (SciDAC4) program supported by the DOE-SC Offices of Nuclear Physics and Advanced Scientific Computing Research. The projects are collaborations of scientists and computational experts at multiple universities and national labs.

The three research teams receiving the grant awards are:

  • The Nuclear Computational Low-Energy Initiative (NUCLEI) project, whose MSU members include faculty members Witek Nazarewicz, Scott Bogner, and Heiko Hergert of FRIB and H. Metin Aktulga of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, as well as numerous post-doctoral research associates and graduate students. A primary goal of this group is to completely characterize the structure of atomic nuclei in a computationally rigorous manner, to advance understanding of unusual or difficult-to-observe configurations such as neutron-rich nuclei, fissionable heavy nuclei and nuclear physics issues in neutron stars, among other scientific problems.
  • The Towards Exascale Astrophysics of Mergers and Supernovae (TEAMS) research project, whose MSU members include faculty members Sean Couch of the Department of Physics & Astronomy and the Department of Computational Mathematics, Science & Engineering (CMSE), Luke Roberts of FRIB, and Andrew Christlieb, of CMSE. Simulations of stellar mergers and supernovae will assist in understanding how different isotopes of elements are produced in their observed quantities; this may be related to experimental research once FRIB is completed and running.
  • The Computing the Properties of Matter with Leadership Computing Resources project, whose MSU members include faculty member Alexei Bazavov of the Department of Physics & Astronomy and the Department of Computational Mathematics, Science & Engineering (CMSE).

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