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FRIB-TA Summer School

A practical walk through formal scattering theory: Connecting bound states, resonances, and scattering states in exotic nuclei and beyond


Brief description

Scattering theory is a framework connecting seemingly different phenomena of the quantum world such as stable bound states, resonances, elastic scattering, and reactions. It has applications in many areas of physics, ranging from hadrons and nuclear physics to the description of ultracold atomic systems. In particular, scattering theory provides the foundation for few- and many-body approaches that solve quantum problems from first principles, and it is an essential ingredient for the description of low-energy nuclear reactions that will be studied at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB).

This summer school will offer an introduction to nonrelativistic quantum scattering theory, discussing its fundamental assumptions and techniques guided by concrete applications. Formal aspects, centered around the important concept of the S-matrix, will be covered in detail, complemented at each step by numerical illustrations and hands-on programming exercises.

At the end of this three-day course, participants will have a firm understanding of the basic concepts of scattering theory, how they relate to a variety of few- and many-body quantum systems, and how they can be implemented numerically for simple examples.

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Schedule and material

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This summer school and associated materials were supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Nuclear Physics, under the FRIB Theory Alliance award DE-SC0013617.