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SNAQ February 2021

virtual (online)



Link will be provided after registration.
Konrad Schmidt (HZDR)


Schools on Nuclear Astrophysics Questions

Question in February 2021: What do we need to know about nuclear astrophysics?

Update: Below, all talks are available as PDF for download.

This is the first event of a new, monthly, virtual school format discussing questions related to nuclear astrophysics.

Next event:

  • SNAQ March 2021 (Registration and abstract submission is open. We highly encourage master and PhD students to give scientific talks related to the question in March: How do neutron star mergers impact r elements in the universe? To apply, please submit an abstract of your talk at the lower end of the March registration form. Deadline for abstract submission is February 24, 2021.)

After this kick-off in February, we plan to organize a new event of SNAQs always on the 2nd Wednesday in each month with a break in summer. SNAQs will last about 3.5 hours, including breaks, with lectures and scientific talks around a given question in nuclear astrophysics. Lectures will be held by senior researchers and scientific talks preferably by young researchers, as master and PhD students. Further, SNAQs will put a special focus on the interaction between participants to allow young scientists networking even if traveling to schools, workshops and conferences is not an option.

SNAQs will join the community of schools related to nuclear astrophysics that partner with ChETEC-INFRA:

  • Carpathian Summer School of Physics (well established)
  • European Summer School on Experimental Nuclear Astrophysics (well established)
  • Intercontinental School on Nuclear Astrophysics (new)
  • International school on nuclear physics, neutron physics and applications (well established)
  • Nuclear Physics in Astrophysics School (new)
  • Rußbach School on Nuclear Astrophysics (well established)
  • School on observations and spectroscopic tools (new)

The aim of this community is to give all students and young researchers the same, multidisciplinary knowledge about nuclear astrophysics. SNAQs will support this idea and strengthen the community of schools by providing a frequent lecture series to train and educate the next generation of scientist with knowledge across the three types of infrastructures used by nuclear astrophysicists:

  • astronuclear laboratories supplying reaction data,
  • supercomputer facilities performing stellar structure and nucleosynthesis computations, and
  • telescopes and mass spectrometers collecting elemental and isotopic abundance data.

Those infrastructures will be networked by ChETEC-INFRA, Chemical Elements as Tracers of the Evolution of the Cosmos - INFRAstructures for Nuclear Astrophysics, a new European network of 32 partner institutions. Please note that even the official start of ChETEC-INFRA is planned for May 2021 the involved institutions already jointly created SNAQs.

We are looking forward to meet you at the first SNAQ.

Organizing Committee:

  • Konrad Schmidt (HZDR, Germany)
  • Marcel Heine (CNRS-IPHC, France)
  • Andreas Korn (Uppsala University, Sweden)
  • Arūnas Kučinskas (Vilnius University, Lithuania)
  • Mohamad Moukaddam (University of Strasbourg, France)
  • Gianluca Pizzone (INFN-LNS, Italy)
  • Olivier Sorlin (CNRS-GANIL, France)
  • Livius Trache (IFIN-HH, Romania)

Guidelines for participants of SNAQs

Please, …
… rename yourself in the Zoom sessions to match your registration name and institution – this will serve as your “nametag”.
… mute your microphone during talks.
… use the public chat only for questions related to the lecture; for discussions, please use the private chat.
… write your questions in the chat – due to the high number of participants, a moderator will read a selection of questions but can choose a limited number only.
… use breakout rooms to talk and chat to each other in smaller groups. Breakout rooms will be available during coffee breaks and participants can choose rooms freely.
… behave professionally and respectfully.
… follow ethical standards as professional integrity and honesty.
… foster a welcoming and inclusive work environment.

    • 14:00 14:15
      Welcome and Introduction 15m

      Monthly SNAQs – Introducing a new, virtual school format discussing questions related to nuclear astrophysics

      Speaker: Konrad Schmidt (HZDR)
    • 14:15 14:25
      ChETEC-INFRA – A Starting Community of Research Infrastructures for Nuclear Astrophysics 10m

      ChETEC-INFRA, Chemical Elements as Tracers of the Evolution of the Cosmos – INFRAstructures for Nuclear Astrophysics

      Speaker: Daniel Bemmerer (HZDR)
    • 14:25 15:10
      What’s nuclear astrophysics for a stellar modeler? 45m

      First lecture about nuclear astrophysics seen from a stellar modeler, an astronomer, and a nuclear physicist.

      Speaker: Jordi José (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya)
    • 15:10 15:20
      Questions 10m
      Speaker: Raphael Hirschi (University of Hull)
    • 15:20 15:35
      Coffee break 15m
    • 15:35 16:20
      What’s nuclear astrophysics for an astronomer? 45m

      Second lecture about nuclear astrophysics seen from a stellar modeler, an astronomer, and a nuclear physicist.

      Speaker: Chris Sneden (University of Texas)
    • 16:20 16:30
      Questions 10m
      Speaker: Andreas Korn (Uppsala University)
    • 16:30 17:15
      What’s nuclear astrophysics for a nuclear physicist? 45m

      Third lecture about nuclear astrophysics seen from a stellar modeler, an astronomer, and a nuclear physicist.

      Speaker: Aurora Tumino (Università degli Studi di Enna Kore)
    • 17:15 17:25
      Questions 10m
      Speaker: Livius Trache (IFIN-HH)
    • 17:25 17:30
      Closing 5m
      Speaker: Olivier Sorlin (GANIL)