Selfie of Jordi Jose, CI, and Alain Coc [participating in the 11th Santa Tecla School, June 2022] in front of the birthplace of Ettore Majorana in Catania, Italy. Strangely, Alain spotted another house not far away that claimed to be Majorana’s “birthplace.”
Rafa de Souza (left), Tan Hong Kiat (middle) in the chair’s office in summer 2019. HK visited us over the summer from the National University of Singapore. He worked on a Bayesian model for the 7Be(n,p)7Li reaction.
John Lattanzio during one of his well-received public lectures about aliens [Chapel Hill, NC, April 2018]; Photo credit: Ted Richardson.
The text in the upper left says: “increase curiosity, familiarity and intuition; focus on the essence; challenge common misconceptions.” John Lattanzio took the picture when we were discussing the guiding principles for the popular book we intend to write together some day [Chapel Hill, NC, spring 2017].
Alain Coc and Richard Longland at the 1st CoSMS Workshop on Thermonuclear Reaction Rates. Chris Gould is in the background [Chapel Hill, NC, April 2016].
Jordi Jose (left), Richard Longland (middle), CI (right) in a Lebanese restaurant [Raleigh, NC, May 2016].
Participants at the 2nd International Symposium on Nuclear Astrophysics, held in Karlsruhe, Germany, July 6-10, 1992. Graduate students: have fun finding your advisors when they were your age.
From the archives. Many evaluated thermonuclear reaction rates contain single-particle partial widths that have been computed using the method first published in J. Schiffer, Nucl. Phys. 46, 246 (1963). The picture shows the young John Schiffer, at the 1962 International Symposium on Direct Interactions and Nuclear Reaction Mechanisms in Padua, discussing the Breit-Wigner resonance shape in a diffuse (Woods-Saxon) potential. Notice the session chair, Gregory Breit, looking at his watch impatiently with what John was saying. John told me that years earlier, as a graduate student at Yale, when he helped another student to fit a measured angular distribution to Legendre polynomials, Breit remarked “Experimentalists should leave such things to theorists.”