APCTP-BLTP 2018: Report on the Meeting

News, 03 October 2018

The 12th Meeting “Modern Problems of Nuclear and Particle Physics” was organized jointly by the Bogoliubov Laboratory of Theoretical Physics JINR and the Asia-Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics (APCTP) with the support of the Korean Center for High Energy Physics (Kyungpook National University, Daegu, South Korea). The meeting was held from 20 to 24 August 2018 in Busan at the south of the Korean Peninsula.

About 50 scientists from JINR, Russia (PNPI NRC KI, State University “Dubna”, Novosibirsk State University), the Republic of Korea, China, Spain, Kazakhstan, Moldova and Mongolia took part in the meeting. About 40 reports were presented on various topics of nuclear physics (nuclear physics at high and low energies; nuclear reaction dynamics and nuclear structure; heavy and superheavy elements; nuclear physics with radioactive ions; nuclear astrophysics; study of radioactive materials and solid state physics) and elementary particle physics (effective quantum field theories and hadron spectroscopy; hadron physics; hot and dense nuclear matter; neutrino physics; precision tests of the Standard Model; dark energy and dark matter).

The meeting was opened by the new president of APCTP Prof. Y. Bhang who expressed confidence in the need and prospects of further cooperation between APCTP and BLTP JINR. Despite the dominance of talks on the theoretical aspects of various models, there were invited review reports on current and planned experiments. Prof. E.A. Strokovsky from VBLHEP JINR spoke about the progress in experiments with relativistic ions at the Nuclotron and the status of the JINR flagship project NICA, and Prof. B. Hong from the Republic of Korea reviewed the future experiments at the new Korean radioactive ion accelerator RAON. It should be emphasized that a large delegation from China participated in this meeting, which indicates the significant interest of Asian countries in the scientific cooperation. Because young scientists from different countries took an active part in the meeting, one can hope for a good future for this series of workshops.

A special session of the Meeting was dedicated to the memory of Nikolai Kochelev (1953 – 2018) at which his friends and colleagues spoke: A. Dorokhov, H.-J. Lee, V. Vento, V. Voronov, P. Zhang. They shared their memories of Nikolai.

The next 13th Meeting is planned to be held in July 2019 at the BLTP JINR.

Nikolay Antonenko, Andrey Arbuzov, Sergey Bondarenko