User community sees FRIB as top priority, endorses support for FRIB-TA, JINA

14 August 2020

The 2020 Low Energy Community Meeting (LECM) was held online 10-12 August, jointly hosted by the FRIB Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory. Over the course of the three days, 585 members of the low-energy nuclear physics community remotely attended the meeting.

LECM included plenary sessions and seventeen working group sessions, in addition to the FRIB Theory Alliance (FRIB-TA) annual meeting held during two of the working group periods. The meeting highlighted the status at major user facilities—the Argonne Tandem Linac Accelerator System (ATLAS) and the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL), the Association for Research at University Nuclear Accelerators (ARUNA) laboratories, and the FRIB Project. In addition, talks presented the impressive work in machine learning, quantum computing and astrophysics, and highlighted the importance of diversity and education. A pair of satellite workshops on the FRIB Neutron Source and the Gamma-ray spectroscopy with the CLover Array for Radioactive ION beams (CLARION) 2 at Florida State University were also held.

The 2020 LECM meeting resulted in a set of resolutions being accepted.

2020 LECM resolutions:

  • As a community, they reinforce their commitment to foster a diverse scientific workforce, they support and are respectful of diversity in all its forms in the community, and they are wholly committed to ensuring an inclusive environment for all.
  • The community recognizes the challenges of the current global situation and looks forward to returning to active user programs at all the United States and international facilities, as restrictions and procedures related to the COVID-19 pandemic permit to do so safely.
  • FRIB remains the top priority. The community eagerly anticipates the impending completion of FRIB and building of the instrumentation necessary to realize FRIB’s tremendous scientific potential. Continued support for the Gamma Ray Energy Tracking Array (GRETA) and the High Rigidity Spectrometer (HRS) is important. The FRIB Decay Station and the SOLenoid spectrometer Apparatus for ReactIon Studies (SOLARIS) project are necessary for the community to realize FRIB’s scientific opportunities. The science case for an energy upgrade of FRIB to 400 MeV/u is extremely compelling and would significantly expand the science opportunities at FRIB.
  • Operation of the national user facilities ATLAS and NSCL at optimal levels is fundamental to the health of our community.
  • The ARUNA facilities are central to the low-energy science program and their continued effective operation is crucial. The community strongly supports the funding of these facilities and critically, the associated research groups at both universities and national laboratories.
  • FRIB-TA is a key and fundamental component of the field. The bridge faculty and theory fellowship positions at universities and national laboratories help to grow key capability in this aspect of our community. The community strongly endorses continued support of the FRIB-TA and its programs, including computational theory and related astrophysics.
  • The Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics (JINA) is an essential part of low-energy nuclear science. It builds the strong national and international communication and collaboration links across disciplines that are critical for nuclear astrophysics in the multi-messenger era. The community strongly endorses support for JINA.