Experimental and theoretical nuclear research carried out at NERSC is driven by the quest for improving our understanding of the building blocks of matter. This includes discovering the origins of nuclei and identifying the forces that transform matter. Specific topics include:
- Nuclear astrophysics and the synthesis of nuclei in stars and elsewhere in the cosmos;
- Nuclear forces and quantum chromodynamics (QCD), the quantum field theory of the strong interaction;
- Science and design of the accelerators, detectors, and other tools essential for pursuing nuclear physics research; and
- Low energy nuclear theory and the structure of the nucleus.
Massive computing resources at NERSC and elsewhere are being put to work to to arrive at a comprehensive and unified description of nuclei and their reactions. The foundation for this is a universal nuclear energy density functional. Read More »
Nuclear Physics-supported research and development activities related to the science, engineering, and technology for accelerators of electrons, protons and heavy ions. Read More »