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BRIDGCE UK Network

BRIDGCE UK Network is a UK-wide network established to Bridge Research in the different Disciplines related to the Galactic Chemical Evolution and nuclear astrophysics

Welcome to the BRIDGCE UK Network

BRIDGCE [pronounced bridge-C-E] UK Network is a UK-wide network established to BRIdge the Disciplines related to the Galactic Chemical Evolution. The goal of this network is to facilitate collaborations across the different disciplines involved in the study of the origin of the elements.

 

Why was BRIDGCE UK network set-up?

In order to answer questions like: "Where were the elements we are made of created? How different were the first stars compared to nearby stars?Which nuclear reaction rates affect stellar model predictions and thus need to be (re-)measured and with which precision? How efficiently are chemical elements mixed in the interstellar medium? What are the building blocks of our galaxy?", knowledge in various disciplines of astrophysics and nuclear physics is necessary. Indeed, nuclear data (nuclear reaction rates in particular) are a key input for stellar evolution models since nuclear reactions provide the energy that powers stars, thus they determine their lifetimes, and the composition of their final ejecta. Stars, in turn, provide crucial radiative, kinetic, and chemical feedback into the galaxies they belong to through the light they shine, their strong winds and powerful supernova explosions and the multitudes of chemical elements they produce. Stellar evolution model outputs, in turn, therefore are key ingredients for galactic chemical models of galaxies. These models follow successive episodes of star formation and trace the history of the enrichment of chemical elements in various galaxies. The model predictions can then be compared to observations of stars that carry the chemical fingerprints of the cumulative chemical enrichment that preceded their birth. Comparison to observations can thus constrain both the galactic and stellar evolution models and tell us what aspects of the models need to be improved. Stellar evolution models can also be used as virtual nuclear physics laboratories in which we can test the impact of uncertainties in certain nuclear reaction rates.

Despite the fact that there are many experts in the UK trying to answer these questions (see flowchart above) research and collaboration across different disciplines of physics is difficult because of the separate funding agencies and the lack of efficient knowledge transfer mechanisms between different disciplines (in particular between nuclear and astrophysics). The BRIDGCE UK network was set-up to remedy this important problem.

 

Mailing list:

You can register to our mailing list to stay updated about our activies:

https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/webadmin?A0=BRIDGCE

Aims

The main goals of BRIDGCE are the following:

  • Facilitate transfer of knowledge and collaborations related to the origin of the elements across the various disciplines and institutions in the UK.
  • Liaise with other national and international networks (e.g. JINA) who share the same goals.
  • Develop synergy between the various expertise available in the UK.
  • Enhance PhD students training in this multi-disciplinary research area.

Members

The BRIDGCE UK Network as of May 2017 has more than 30 members scattered across 15 institutes.

A steering committee oversees activities in the various disciplines involved and is the main point of contact for new or non-members:

  • Raphael Hirschi (Keele) for stellar astrophysics (chair)
  • Chiaki Kobayashi (Hertfordshire) for galactic chemical evolution
  • Alison Laird (York) for nuclear physics
  • Marco Pignatari (Hull) for nucleosynthesis
  • Clare Worley (IoA Cambridge) for observations

 

The full list of members (in alphabetic order) is the following:

  • Armagh Observatory: Jorick Vink
  • University of Belfast: Stuart Sim, Stephen Smartt
  • University of Birmingham: Martin Freer, Tzany Kokalova
  • University of Cambridge: Anna Hourihane, Robert Izzard, Christopher Tout, Clare Worley
  • University College London: Daisuke Kawata
  • University of Edinburgh: Marialuisa Aliotta, Claudia Lederer-Woods, Alexander Murphy, Phil Woods
  • University of Hertfordshire: Chiaki Kobayashi, Thomas Rauscher, Sean Ryan
  • University of Hull: Brad Gibson, Marco Pignatari, Gareth Few
  • Keele University: Raphael Hirschi, Andrea Cristini, Jacqueline den Hartogh, Laura Scott
  • Liverpool John Moores University: Andreea Font, Maurizio Salaris, Ricardo Schiavon
  • University of Manchester: Torsten Henkel, Ian Lyon, Albert Zijlstra
  • Newcastle University: Philipp Edelmann
  • University of Oxford: Waheed Akram (Dept. Earth Sciences)
  • University of Portsmouth: Claudia Maraston, Daniel Thomas
  • University of Surrey: Gavin Lotay, Zsolt Podolyak
  • University of York: Christian Diget, Brian Fulton, Alison Laird

News

Site News
News
Site News
Meeting Report: "Nucleosynthesis - Origins and Impacts
Meeting Report: "Nucleosynthesis - Origins and Impacts" A Royal Astronomical Society Specialist Discussion. Valentine's Day, 2014
PDRA Job Advertisement: Closing Date 1st October 2014
PDRA Job Advertisement: Closing Date 1st October 2014 / Keele University, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Astrophysics Group / Research Associate in Theoretical Stellar Astrophysics
Stellar origin of the 182Hf cosmochronometer and the presolar history of solar system matter
New study of the 182Hf cosmochronometer published in Science

Events

Site Events
Stars, Supernovae and Nucleosynthesis III: 7-8 September 2016 from Sep 07, 2016 09:00 AM to Sep 08, 2016 05:00 PM Lennard-Jones Laboratories, 1.25, Keele University,
Third BRIDGCE annual meeting: 2-day meeting on nuclear astrophysics, massive stars and supernovae Wednesday 7 September: Stars and Supernovae Thursday 8 September: GCE, Meteoritic Grains and Nuclear Astrophysics; This meeting is supported by the ERC starting grant no 306901
Stars, Supernovae and Nucleosynthesis IV: 4-5 September 2017 from Sep 04, 2017 09:00 AM to Sep 05, 2017 05:00 PM School of Physics & Astronomy, The University of Edinburgh, James Clerk Maxwell Building, Peter Guthrie Tait Road, Edinburgh, EH9 3FD, UK,
Third BRIDGCE annual meeting: A 2-day meeting on nuclear astrophysics. This meeting is supported by the STFC, the Institute of Physics and the University of Edinburgh.
Events
Site Events
Stars, Supernovae and Nucleosynthesis II: 16-17 September 2015 from Sep 16, 2015 09:00 AM to Sep 17, 2015 05:00 PM Lennard-Jones Laboratories, 1.25, Keele University,
Second BRIDGCE annual meeting: 2-day meeting on nuclear astrophysics, massive stars and supernovae Wednesday 16 September: Stars and Supernovae Thursday 17 September: GCE, Meteoritic Grains and Nuclear Astrophysics; This meeting is supported by the ERC starting grant no 306901
Nuclear Physics in Astrophysics VII from May 18, 2015 09:00 AM to May 22, 2015 05:00 PM
The seventh edition of the Nuclear Physics in Astrophysics Conference will be held from 18 to 22 May 2015 in York, United Kingdom, and is jointly organised by the Universities of Edinburgh and York.
INT workshop: Nucleosynthesis and Chemical Evolution: Recent Progress and Future Directions from Jul 28, 2014 12:55 PM to Aug 29, 2014 12:55 PM Institute for Nuclear Theory, Room C411 Physics/Astronomy Building, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-1550,
INT Program INT-14-2b, July 28 - August 29, 2014
IoP meeting on Nuclear physics and r-process nucleosynthesis May 15, 2015 from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM School of Physics and Astronomy, at the King's Building campus of the University of Edinburgh,
IoP meeting on r process in Edinburgh
Stars, Supernovae and Nucleosynthesis 2014 from Sep 16, 2014 10:00 AM to Sep 17, 2014 05:00 PM Lennard-Jones Laboratories, 1.25, Keele University,
2-day meeting on nuclear astrophysics, massive stars and supernovae Tuesday 16 September: Stars and Supernovae Wednesday 17 September: GCE, Meteoritic Grains and Nuclear Astrophysics; This meeting is supported by the ERC starting grant no 306901
Nuclei in the Cosmos 2014 from Jul 07, 2014 11:05 AM to Jul 11, 2014 11:05 AM Debrecen, Hungary,
Major bi-annual conference of nuclear physicists, astrophysicists and cosmochemists.
Nucleosynthesis – origins and impacts Feb 14, 2014 from 10:30 AM to 03:30 PM The Royal Astronomical Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, LONDON, W1J 0BQ,
RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by Dr Alex Murphy (Edinburgh)* and Professor Sean Ryan (Hertfordshire)
Nulceosynthesis in AGB Stars from Jul 14, 2014 09:00 AM to Jul 18, 2014 05:00 PM Bad Honnef,
The 568. Wilhelm und Else Heraeus-Seminar will be held from July 14th to 18th at the Physikzentrum in Bad Honnef.
Parallel Session at NAM 2015: Galactic Chemical Evolution in the Gaia Era Jul 06, 2015 from 04:30 PM to 10:00 AM United Kingdom,
Galactic Chemical Evolution in the Gaia Era parallel session at the National Astronomy meeting 2015

Publications, talks, ...

Publications and material produced by BRIDGCE members or during BRIDGCE events
Slides of RAS meeting talks
See http://forum.astro.keele.ac.uk:9080/bridgce/news/meeting-report-nucleosynthesis-origins-and-impacts for a brief summary of the meeting

Useful info, links

Useful information (links) for the community and the public.
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