Low-energy nuclear science community gathers at MSU

With more than 200 registered participants, the 2015 Low Energy Community Meeting (LECM) was held August 21-22 at Michigan State University. Also this year, the community’s annual gathering provided an excellent opportunity for nuclear scientists to interact and discuss progress, emerging opportunities, new initiatives, and facilities.

During plenary sessions, presentations were given on the ongoing Nuclear Science Advisory Committee (NSAC) long-range plan activity, the equivalent exercise of the isotope program (NSAC-I), progress in nuclear theory and nuclear astrophysics, and on the status of NSCL/FRIB, ATLAS/ANL and two ARUNA laboratories, Texas A&M and FSU. Time was allocated for working group meetings on focused initiatives.

Representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation presented their perspectives and listened to the plans of the community. The meeting’s resolutions reaffirmed timely completion of FRIB and initiation of its full science program as the highest priority of the field. In addition, the community expressed the need for effective operations, upgrades, and support of NSCL, ATLAS/ANL and ARUNA, respectively, endorsed the energy upgrades to ReA, reiterated the importance of GRETA, SECAR, and the high-rigidity spectrometer (HRS) for the FRIB science program, and acknowledged the important role of nuclear theory.