At the very heart of effective nuclear security is a deep understanding of fundamental nuclear physics –structure, reactions, theory and modeling, data, particle accelerators, and instrumentation. Contemporary nuclear physics is where we will find both the profound discoveries, and the best young talent making those discoveries, that will change the game in nonproliferation.
Focus area lead: Barbara Jacak, University of California, Berkeley
Focus area co-lead: Michael Thoennessen, Michigan State University
Current research is focused on:
  • Nuclear Properties and Decays
  • Neutrino Physics
  • High energy nuclear collisions
  • Forensic science in high energy density plasmas