Indiana University Bloomington

Nuclear Theory

Welcome to the Nuclear Theory Center

Mission Statement

The primary mission of the Nuclear Theory Center (NTC) is to carry out basic research into the structure and dynamics of atomic nuclei and high-density matter, and to study how the structure of the nucleon, as determined from quantum chromodynamics, determines the behavior of many-body systems. The Center also consults with Indiana University Cyclotron Facility (IUCF) staff and visitors and assists IUCF by suggesting experiments and analyzing results. NTC staff provide leadership on the Hall D project at Jefferson Lab, and they are participants in the STAR Spin collaboration at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory. They have also played a leadership role in an important experiment at Jefferson Lab which will measure neutron distributions to unparalleled precision. NTC personnel are currently working with IUCF to develop support a proposal for an asymmetric electron-ion collider [EIC]. In addition, the Center is active in training undergraduates, Ph.D. students and postdoctoral researchers in theoretical nuclear physics, to promote the growth and vitality of the field.