Low-Energy Community Meeting held 2-4 August

The Low-Energy Community Meeting was held 3-4 August at Argonne National Laboratory. Two-hundred and fifteen participants attended. The annual meeting serves as a time for nuclear scientists in the low-energy nuclear physics community to interact and discuss future plans, initiatives, and facilities. The program of the main meeting consisted of plenary sessions and twelve working group sessions. The program with links to the talks can be found on the meeting website.

At the end of the meeting, summaries of the working group sessions were presented, and the following resolutions were accepted unanimously:

  • FRIB remains our top priority. The community eagerly anticipates the completion of FRIB and the forefront science this facility will enable.
  • Operation of the national user facilities ATLAS and NSCL at optimal levels and strong support for research groups is critical for our field. The ARUNA facilities are a central part of the low-energy science program and their continued operation is crucial. The community strongly supports the funding of these facilities and the associated research.
  • The community endorses the prompt initiation and timely completion of the Gamma-Ray Energy Tracking Array (GRETA) construction project, a key instrument for low-energy nuclear science.
  • The FRIB Theory Alliance is an essential component of our field. The bridge faculty and theory fellowship positions at universities and national laboratories help to grow capability in this important aspect of our community. We strongly endorse continued support of the FRIB-TA, its programs, and investment in computational theory and related astrophysics.

Five satellite workshops were held prior to the main meeting. A half-day workshop on FRIB Day 1 Science included science-based presentations that explored the reach and nature of programs possible with early FRIB beams and the theory in support of those programs. There were three workshops focused on equipment, which included GRETA, the HRS, and a SECAR/JENSA collaboration meeting. Finally, the FRIB Theory Alliance workshop occurred in conjunction with the working group sessions on Thursday afternoon.