In September, 2016, the National Science Foundation’s Nuclear Physics Program funded the consortium N3AS – Network for Neutrinos, Nuclear Astrophysics, and Symmetries. The purpose of N3AS is to train a new generation of postdoctoral fellows in three interdisciplinary areas important to astrophysics and cosmology – neutrino flavor physics, the properties of dense nuclear matter important to neutron star structure, and aspects of dark matter relevant to both large scale structure and nucleosynthesis. The project is funded for five years, through a cooperative agreement with Berkeley.
N3AS brings together expertise in 1) the modeling of high-density nuclear matter; 2) SN and merger codes capable of integrating astrophysical explosions out to late times; 3) the most advance nucleosynthesis networks; 4) and stellar evolution codes such as Kepler, MAESTRO, and the Princeton Standard Solar Model, with capabilities that include convection and accretion. N3AS has connections with the computational science groups at LBL, ORNL, ANL, and UCSD, and experience with computing platforms such as Cori, Edison, Titan, Mira, Vulcan, and BlueWaters.
N3AS increases opportunities for early career researchers interested in fundamental symmetries and nuclear astrophysics. The Network provides a collaborative, interdisciplinary training experience not normally available to young researchers attached to a single institution. N3AS Postdoctoral Fellows have outstanding support in their chosen research specialty, but also have the opportunity to interact across boundaries with experimentalists, observers, particle and astrophysics theorists, and computational physicists – training that will help them make the transition to faculty status. Additional material that provides further details can be found here.
The N3AS Fellows are listed here.
The principal investigators are:
- Baha Balantekin, University of Wisconsin, Madison
- Joseph Carlson, Los Alamos National Laboratory
- Vincenzo Cirigliano, Los Alamos National Laboratory
- Andre DeGouvea, Northwestern University
- George Fuller, UC San Diego
- Stefano Gandolfi, Los Alamos National Laboratory
- Susan Gardner, University of Kentucky, Lexington
- Wick Haxton, UC Berkeley
- Dan Kasen, UC Berkeley
- James Lattimer, SUNY Stony Brook & University of Washington
- Gail McLaughlin, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
- Daniel Phillips, Ohio University, Athens
- Madappa Prakash, Ohio University, Athens
- Yong Qian, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
- Sanjay Reddy, University of Washington, Seattle
- Rebecca Surman, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame