Scientific Computation Application Partnerships in Nuclear Physics

DOE Program Managers

Ted Barnes
Nuclear Physics (NP)

Randall Laviolette
Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR)

The primary goal of NP SciDAC Partnership projects is to enable and support research on current high-profile computationally intensive topics in theoretical nuclear physics of direct relevance to the experimental research programs at existing or approved NP facilities. Research topics of interest and the associated facilities include:

  • Heavy Ion Collider Physics (HICP), e.g. at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC): Lattice Quantum Chromodynamics (LQCD) studies of the properties of the quark-gluon plasma (QGP); the QCD equation of state (EOS), phase diagram and critical point; algorithmic developments for the numerical simulations of systems with nonzero chemical potential.
  • Medium Energy Nuclear Physics (MENP), e.g. at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (TJNAF): QCD spectroscopy, including exotic mesons; hadron structure, strong decays, and photocouplings; hadron-hadron interactions.
  • Low Energy Nuclear Physics (LENP), e.g. at the Argonne Tandem Linear Accelerator (ATLAS) and the Facility for Radioactive Ion Beams (FRIB): Nuclear structure calculations (ab initio and models); nuclear reactions; the nuclear matter EOS; nuclear astrophysics; nuclear forces from LQCD; nuclear matrix elements for “fundamental symmetries” and “beyond the Standard Model” studies.

Current Projects

Computing Properties of Hadrons, Nuclei and Nuclear Matter from Quantum Chromodynamics
This project aims to undertake the algorithmic and software development needed to enable the nuclear physics lattice QCD community to make optimal use of forthcoming leadership-class and dedicated hardware to address key problems in nuclear physics.

Lead Investigator: Frithjof Karsch (
Brookhaven National Laboratory

Nuclear Computational Low-Energy Initiative (NUCLEI)
This project aims to advance the studies of neutron-rich nuclei and the fission of heavy nuclei, and the key nuclear physics issues in neutron stars and tests of fundamental symmetries.

Lead Investigator: Joseph Carlson (
Los Alamos National Laboratory

A Multi-Scale Approach to Nuclear Structure and Reactions: Forming the Computational Bridge between Lattice QCD and Nonrelativistic Many-Body Theory (CalLAT)
This project aims to develop procedures by which a non-relativistic effective theory of nuclear physics can be linked to the exact theory of the strong interaction, QCD, by connecting the low-energy constants of the former to lattice QCD calculations of nucleon-nucleon (NN) scattering parameters.

Lead Investigator: Wick Haxton (
University of California-Berkeley


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