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Draft: Minutes of the IUPAP Working Group (WG.9) on International Cooperation in Nuclear Physics (ICNP), held at the Tokyo International Forum on June 3, 2007, in room G507.


  • Anthony W. Thomas (Chair) - JLab
  • Willem T.H. van Oers (Secretary) - Manitoba
  • Robert Tribble (Chair NSAC) - Texas A&M
  • Samuel H. Aronson - BNL
  • Brian Fulton (Chair NuPECC) - York
  • Walter F. Henning (Chair C12) - GSI
  • Alinka Lepine-Szily - Sao Paulo
  • Tohru Motobayashi - RIKEN
  • Shoji Nagamiya - J-Parc
  • Hideyuki Sakai (Chair Japanese Experimental Nuclear Physics Committee) - Tokyo
  • Jean-Michel Poutissou - TRIUMF
  • Wenlong Zhan - Lanzhou


  • Richard F. Casten (Past-Chair NSAC) - Yale
  • Sidney Gales - GANIL
  • Muhsin N. Harakeh (Past-Chair NuPECC) - KVI
  • Victor A. Matveev - INR-Moscow
  • Present as observers: Stuart J. Freedman - UC-Berkeley
  • Wen-qing Shen - CNSF
  • Pia Thorngren - The Svedberg
  • Walter Kutschera - Wien

Welcome by the Chair;

Adoption of the proposed agenda;

Approval of the minutes of the WG.9 meeting on June 19, 2006, at TRIUMF in Vancouver.

Remarks by the Chair:

The IUPAP Report 41 "Research Facilities in Nuclear Physics" has been printed and is being distributed worldwide. The Report contains information on almost all nuclear physics facilities with an identifiable users group as well as an introduction sketching the important nuclear physics issues to be addressed over the next ten years or so (copies of the Report were distributed at the meeting). WG.9 is participating in the OECD Global Science Forum Working Group on Nuclear Physics efforts (the March 6-7, 2006, meeting in Arlington, VA; the October 10-11, 2006, meeting at INFN Headquarters in Rome, Italy; the May 10-11, 2007, meeting at RIKEN Nishina Center in Tokyo, Japan). At these meetings WG.9 was represented by AWT, WTHvO, and WFH. WG.9 has submitted a report to the OECD Working Group containing an optimized view for nuclear physics research from a worldwide perspective, indicating how and where this nuclear physics can be accomplished. The next meeting of the OECD Working Group will be in Paris at the OECD Headquarters, November 5-6, 2007. The Chair's report can be accessed as WG9_Thomas_Jun07.pdf

The Secretary commented on what information is still missing in the IUPAP Report: entries describing the Institute of High Energy Physics (IHEP) in Protvino, the Institute for Nuclear Research (INR) in Troitsk, the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) in Dubna, as well as the three Indian Laboratories mentioned in the IUPAP Report. Also missing is information on various underground laboratories. There will be updates of the electronic version of IUPAP Report 41 at least once a year. The electron version can be accessed as a pdf file from the IUPAP WG.9 website.



Brian Fulton reported on the activities of NuPECC and on the start of a new long range plan exercise by the European nuclear physics community. The presentation can be found as WG9_Fulton_Jun07.pdf Robert Tribble presented the recommendations arrived at by NSAC in the current long range plan exercise in the USA. The presentation can be found as WG9_Tribble_Jun07.pdf

The main point of the presentation were the NSAC recommendations to the US DoE and US NSF agreed upon:

* NSAC recommends the completion of the 12 GeV Upgrade at Jefferson Laboratory. The Upgrade will enable new insights into the structure of the nucleon, the transition between the hadronic and quark/gluon descriptions of nuclei, and the nature of confinement.

* NSAC recommends the construction of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, FRIB, a world-leading facility for the study of nuclear structure, nuclear reactions, and nuclear astrophysics. Experiments with the new isotopes produced at FRIB will lead to a comprehensive description of nuclei, elucidate the origin of the elements in the cosmos, provide an understanding of matter in the crust of neutron stars, and establish the scientific foundation for innovative applications of nuclear science to society.

* NSAC recommends a targeted program of experiments to investigate neutrino properties and fundamental symmetries. These experiments aim to discover the nature of the neutrino, yet unseen violations of time-reversal-symmetry, and other key ingredients of the new standard model of fundamental interactions. Construction of a Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory is vital to US leadership in core aspects of this initiative.

The experiments at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider have discovered a new state of matter at extreme temperature and density - a quark-gluon plasma that exhibits unexpected, almost perfect liquid dynamical behavior. NSAC recommends the implementation of the RHIC II luminosity upgrade, together with detector improvements, to determine the properties of this new state of matter.

Jean-Michel Poutissou gave a synopsis of the Canadian Long Range Plan for subatomic physics. This report can be accessed as WG9_Poutissou_Jun07.pdf

Hideyuki Sakai gave an update on the large nuclear nuclear physics facilities in Japan. This presentation can be accessed as WG9_Sakai_Jun07.pdf

NOTE: the five files mentioned in the text can be accessed through:


The role of WG.9


In further discussion of the international cooperation and the large nuclear physics facilities the following action items for WG.9 were agreed upon:


* Prepare a concise report on what it requires to operate an effective, truly international user facility to include possible solutions to the difficulties of access for users from the developing nations [ASL, JMP, MM, WH].


* Develop the access to sources of funding for networking activities along the lines so successfully employed by the European Community.


* Establish sub-committees to coordinate workshops/white-papers/proposals for facilities likely too large for a single country or region, and in particular for
  • a future rare-isotope-beam facility [SG, RC, BF, --]
  • a future electron-ion collider [SA, AT, --]
* Pursue the implementations of the OECD recommendations to science funding administrators and the relevant government representatives.

Next meeting


The next meeting of WG.9 will take place on Thursday, May 29, 2008, while the meeting of C12 will be on Friday, May 30, 2008, at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland.


Both the Chair and Secretary on behalf of WG.9 would like to thank our hosts, the Organizers of INPC2007, for their kind hospitality.



Willem T.H. van Oers


June 28, 2007


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