International Symposium

New Faces of Atomic Nuclei

An EFES/OIST contribution

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST),
Okinawa, Japan

November 15-17, 2010


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Atomic nuclei carry most of the mass (weight) of all materials in and on the earth, and are the ultimate source of energies causing various phenomena there. The complete understanding or full usage of atomic nuclei is, however, yet to come. In other words, new faces of atomic nuclei are still emerging. Recent progress of nuclear physics indeed brings us with unexplored frontiers of science.

Thanks to new accelerators driving heavy-ions at a good fraction of the speed of light, "exotic nuclei" have been produced in leading laboratories in the world, such as RIKEN of Japan, GSI of Germany, GANIL of France, FRIB of USA, etc. Exotic nuclei are short-lived, and do not exist in or on the earth. They show very peculiar properties, while they play important roles in the synthesis of heavy elements, for instance, gold and platinum.

The quantum structure of such exotic nuclei is a new field of nuclear physics, and in this symposium we will assess the current status of their studies and discuss future perspectives, including broader subfields of nuclear physics. In addition, recent progress of nuclear physics produced various interesting and useful links to other disciplines and applications. For instance, exotic nuclei are generated also in nuclear reactors, and state-of-the-art detectors of gamma-rays can have applications in medicine and biology. Some topics from new developments will be presented, possibly to wider audience as cultural lectures. During this symposium, we will celebrate the 80th birthday of Professor Akito Arima, as our teacher, colleague and friend.

There will be invited talks on the subjects mentioned above. In addition, oral and poster presentations will be selected from the submitted abstracts. Please refer the "Abstract submission" for details.

We will have an open session which is comprised of talks of general and broad interests. The open session is accesible also for the members of OIST and local communities.


JSPS Core-to-Core program "International Research Network for Exotic Femto Systems (EFES)"
Center for Nuclear Study, the University of Tokyo
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST)
RIKEN Nishina Center for Accelerator-Based Science
Inoue Science Foundation