Workshop on 'Future of Theory in Fission'

Monday 14 October 2019, 9.00AM

We believe that fission theory is ripe to build advanced frameworks and computational tools to study the microscopic dynamics of the fission process. We expect the participants to focus on future possible developments, perspectives, and challenges.

There are many questions/goals, which we would like to address. Tentatively, the workshop will be structured as follows.

Day 1

  • What are the physics goals? These certainly include lifetimes, fission product yields, characteristics of the fission fragments including their distributions of angular momentum and excitation energy, total kinetic energy distributions, odd-even effects, neutron multiplicities and correlations between observables.
  • Statistical models have been enormously successful. Can microscopic theory provide guidance for when these models are justified?

Day 2

  • What is realistic to achieve with advanced microscopic frameworks and the accompanying computational tools?
  • Which approximations currently routinely made in fission studies are justified or not, or unavoidable or not in view of the present-day computational capabilities? Certainly mean field theory in some form is the basis, but there are many ways to add dynamics to it and many ways to restore mean field's broken symmetries.
  • Is it realistic to think of a unified microscopic theory of fission that would cover all energy ranges (i.e. from spontaneous fission to compound-nucleus fission) and key observables?
  • What are the robust approximations that can be used to save compute time?

Day 3

  • We envision the end product of the workshop to be a White Paper that would advocate for coordinated efforts in this direction. We expect to break up into working group to set the ground work for the various subjects to be covered in the White Paper.

The event will be held at the King’s Manor in York city centre where there are many nearby hotels and bed and breakfasts which you can book for yourself. York is a historic, tourist centre in the UK and well recommended for those wish to stay longer and see around York.

This event is intended to start at 9:00 on Monday 14 th October and finish with a workshop dinner on Wednesday 16 th October 2019.

York is easily reached by train from nearby airports such as Manchester, Leeds, Doncaster and Newcastle. The London airports take 3 hours or more to reach - see travelling to York. For those coming from Paris or Brussels, the Eurostar train via London is a comfortable and relatively quick option.
There will be a registration fee for the Symposium of 120 GBP, which will cover three lunches, morning and afternoon coffee breaks, and the workshop dinner on Wednesday night.
For credit card payments, please use the University of York online shop. No on-site cash payments or bank transfers are available.

Please register for the Workshop here.

George Bertsch (University of Washington)
Jacek Dobaczewski (University of York)
Witek Nazarewicz (Michigan State University)
Dario Vretenar (University of Zagreb)

Location: King’s Manor, York