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The 2015 Long Range Plan for Nuclear Science is unanimously approved  
To prepare for the future, nuclear scientists have united behind a report outlining their priorities for research in the next decade. At a meeting of the Nuclear Science Advisory Committee (NSAC) on October 15, 16, 2015, the members voted unanimously to approve the Plan. The Plan was well received by DOE and NSF officials.

The current Long Range Plan (LRP) builds on the guidelines and successes of the 2007 plan. Since then the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and the Continuous Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF) at the Thomas Jefferson National Laboratory (JLab) have received accelerator upgrades, with detectors to realize the physics on the way as part of the current LRP. These detector upgrades, an experiment to search for neutrinoless double beta decay and the future Electron Ion Collider (EIC) facility form the top recommendations of the newly released plan.

Stony Brook University's high-energy nuclear experimental group is well poised to play important roles at all these experimental facilities. The PHENIX Detector and its upgrades will be fully exploited by Profs. Abhay Deshpande, Thomas Hemmick and Chair Axel Drees. Profs. Deshpande and Hemmick along with Prof. Krishna Kumar will also take significant responsibilities and leadership roles in various experiments at the upgraded JLab facility. Professor Kumar is deeply involved in one of proposals for the neutrinoless double beta decay experiment proposals.

Prof. Abhay Deshpande, is taking a role as a national leader in the Electron Ion Collider project, which was recommended as the highest priority facility for construction beyond the ones being pursued now. The collider would allow unprecedented insights into how protons, neutrons and nuclei are built up from quarks and gluons, the particles bind them together. The current leading facilities for studying quark-gluon matter are the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory, New York, and the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Switzerland. These facilities smash protons and heavy ions together to recreate the energetic conditions of the early Universe, when quarks and gluons existed as a plasma rather than in atomic nuclei. The EIC would collide point-like electrons with either protons or heavy ions, generating collisions that have a similarly high energy but aimed at precisely imaging them to understand theiry structures and the gluon and sea quark dynamics.

The above recommendations in the plan would not be completed without the two initiatives explicitly mentioned in the LRP: first, the support for research groups in nuclear theory, and second, support for detector & accelerator R&D that will realize and extract the physics from the recommended facilities. These initiatives have strong overlap with the aspirations and activities of Stony Brook's world renowned Nuclear Theory group and the Center for Accelerator Science and Education (CASE).

full NSAC 2015 Long Range Plan

2015-10-15

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