The Fundamental Neutron Physics Summer School that we hosted at NC State from July 16-20 was a resounding success! We had around 70 combined participants plus speakers, with ~11 visiting us from Europe, ~6 from Canada and 1 from Japan. The lecture program covered essential topics from top researchers on nuclear, particle, and astrophysics with low energy neutrons. There were tours to the PULSTAR nuclear reactor on NCSU’s campus, and the 10 Mega-Volt Tandem accelerator and the Free-electron laser based High Intensity Gamma Ray source at TUNL. There was even a fun excursion to a local baseball game!
Our paper exploring the current experimental information on the 39K(p,γ)40Ca reaction cross section was just accepted in Physical Review C! This reaction is critical for explaining the peculiar elemental abundance patterns in the Globular Cluster NGC 2419, which can help us understand how the galaxy evolved. We found that inconsistencies in cross section measurements make the uncertainty in this rate larger than previously assumed, thus further experimental efforts should be aimed at investigating the 39K(p,γ)40Ca cross section.