Seminars & Workshops

The ACFI hosts a weekly seminar series that brings researchers from around the world to present forefront research and interact with ACFI faculty, staff, and students. Informal research presentations by UMass Amherst and visitors take place in the weekly Fundamental Interactions Informal Talk.

The aim of ACFI topical workshops is to provide an opportunity for researchers from around the world to interact in a focused, short-term context to address an important open problem in the Energy, Intensity, or Cosmic frontiers as well as at their intersection. The general scope of the topical workshop is 10-20 participants who meet over a 2-5 day period at UMass Amherst, focusing on a specific problem, and formulating a plan for on-going research at the workshop conclusion.

The ACFI welcomes proposals for a topical workshop, which will be considered on a rolling basis. To submit a proposal, please contact the Director. A list of past workshops and meetings is also available.

Upcoming Workshops & Meetings

Monday, August 3, 2020 - 9:00am to Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 5:00pm

ACFI Online

We hope to collectively orient the theoretical and phenomenological communities via an invitational forum, focusing on strategy for the forthcoming Snowmass process and influencing the proceeding, highly developmental years within the field in order to better serve the experimental community interested in baryon number violation (BNV), and more specifically, BNV by two units (ΔB=2), a B-L violating possibility. This looks forward to the application of theoretical ideas to the interpretation of future measurements made by the ESS NNBar Collaboration, DUNE, PNPI Gatchina, and Hyper-Kamiokande in the realm of dinucleon decay and neutron-antineutron transformations (n→n ̅). These ideas can be applied to existing and future theoretical and experimental studies, bolstering the community’s fundamental understanding of the topic.

Joshua Barrow (University of Tennessee)
Leah Broussard (University of Tennessee/Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
Jordy de Vries (University of Massachusetts Amherst/Brookhaven National Laboratory)
Michael Wagman (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 9:00am to Saturday, October 10, 2020 - 1:00pm


Realizing the full potential of experimental studies of nuclear matter requires a comprehensive understanding of the dynamics of its microscopic constituents, within the theory of quantum chromodynamics (QCD). Lattice QCD calculations have made significant contributions to our understanding of the strong interaction, but little is known from ab initio calculations about the dynamical properties of quarks and gluons. A central challenge for such calculations is the need to solve ill-posed inverse problems. This workshop will bring together practitioners in the field of lattice QCD and other communities working with inverse problems to address recent progress and remaining challenges in the extraction of dynamical properties from both numerical calculations and from experiment.

Martha Constantinou (Temple University)
Christopher Monahan (College of William and Mary/Jefferson Laboratory)
Alexander Rothkopf (Stavanger University)