NPA (Nuclear Particle Astrophysics) Seminar: Jonathan Engel, UNC, “Double-Beta Decay Matrix Elements in the Next Five Years”

Event time: 
Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Wright Lab, EAL 108 Conference Room (EAL108) See map
268 Whitney Avenue
New Haven 06520
(Location is wheelchair accessible)
Event description: 

Reducing the uncertainty in the matrix elements that govern double-beta decay is one of the goals of the new DOE Topical Collaboration for Nuclear Theory in Double-Beta Decay and Fundamental Symmetries. I discuss the collaboration’s efforts, now getting underway, to use ab initio nuclear structure theory to obtain more accurate matrix elements with real error bars. The calculations are difficult, but new many-body methods and computational resources should make them possible.