A flexible way to account for correlations in Monte Carlo reaction rate uncertainty calculations has been developed. The paper was just accepted to Astronomy and Astrophysics!
In December, Federico and María flew back to Venezuela to get married! In January, they were generous enough to invite our group to a celebration of their special bond in Durham, NC. The party was a great success! Many congratulations to Federico and María and we wish them the very best as they continue their journey together!
After 50 years of history, the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory (TUNL) continues to push the limits of nuclear physics. As a Department of Energy "Center of Excellence", our lab is home to the world's most intense proton accelerator dedicated to nuclear astrophysics, the world's most luminous mono-energetic photon beam, and the only functioning Enge magnetic spectrograph in North America. Check out the video below!
Sean Hunt from the UNC astrophysics group did a fantastic job of carefully characterizing a boron-loaded neutron detector. His work was recently published in Nuclear Instruments and Methods A.
We recently collaborated with Alain Coc at the Centre de Sciences Nucléaires et de Sciences de la Matière (CSNSM) on an evaluation of big bang nucleosynthesis. Using theoretical ab initio models to predict the energy dependence of the cross section and carefully accounting for systematic uncertainties, we found a reduced deuterium abundance, in agreement with observations.
The NCSU experimental nuclear astrophysics group were featured in some UNC promotional material celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory.