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Nuclear Potentials

As discussed in the proposal, one mission of this subproject is to develop the expertise of the NCCU nuclear experimentalist team in using and developing Monte Carlo particle interactions codes for modeling experiments. To this end, S. Tajima presented a workshop series of lectures and hands-on computer tutorials on using the GEANT4 simulation code package developed by physicists at the CERN laboratory in Europe. Jointly sponsored by NCCU and Duke University, students and faculty from these two and other Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory (TUNL) member universities attended the workshop. The popularity of the short-course required a second workshop 3 weeks later for additional TUNL personnel. Some visiting students participating in the NSF sponsored Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program also attended the workshops. This workshop provided a research education opportunity for NCCU and their collaborators including people associated with the neutron-deuteron (nd) breakup project and the CLEAR detector project, while extending the educational opportunity to additional undergraduate students.

In preparation for this workshop, D. Markoff presented a lecture on the interactions of radiation with matter that forms the foundation of understanding the principles upon which the simulation codes are based. This lecture was presented to undergraduates and new graduate students at TUNL, including NCCU students associated with the nd breakup experiment and the CLEAR neutrino project.

This project supported one undergraduate student for summer 2009 work on developing simulation codes for the CLEAR neutrino project. This student worked with D. Markoff of NCCU and K. Scholberg of Duke University, and was fully integrated into the TUNL REU program including participating in onsite and offsite activities and presentations.