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The University of Notre Dame
Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics
Summer School Lecture Series

Tools and Toys for Nuclear Astrophysics:
Nuclear Reaction Network Techniques


The Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics (JINA), a National Foundation for Science Physics Frontier Center, is organizing its second school on "Tools and Toys for Nuclear Astrophysics". This series of lectures will focus on "Nuclear Reaction Network Techniques" and will take place at Notre Dame, IN on June 20 - July 1, 2005.

Reaction network techniques have been developed as an important tool for applications in nuclear astrophysics and many other physics areas. This technique is particularly important for simulating nucleosynthesis processes and for predicting element production as well as energy generation in both stellar evolution and stellar explosion processes. The increasing need for using computational networking techniques requires special training in the development and application of network programs.

This school will provide an overview about the mathematical background as well as the computational network techniques. Different applications for stellar nucleosynthesis simulations will be presented and discussed. In addition to the lectures, the participants will have time to work with the various network codes under the guidance of the lecturers. Codes will be shared freely and will be available to participants after the workshop.

Frank Timmes will be the featured lecturer from June 20 - June 24, 2005, and Brad Meyer will be the featured speaker from June 27 - July 1, 2005. Click on the links below for html or pdf versions.

* Purpose, Motivation, Forming a network, PP-Chains, June 20, 2005

* Jacobian formation, Energy generation, Time Integration, CNO cycles June 21, 2005

* Linear Algebra, Thermodynamic trajectories, Alpha chains June 22, 2005

* Nuclear statistical equilibrium, Big Bang nucleosynthesis June 23, 2005

* Networks in hydrodynamic codes, General reaction network June 24, 2005