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Title: A way forward in the study of the symmetry energy: experiment, theory, and observation

The symmetry energy describes how the energy of nuclear matter rises as one goes away from equal numbers of neutrons and protons. This is very important to describe neutron rich matter in astrophysics. This article reviews our knowledge of the symmetry energy from theoretical calculations, nuclear structure measurements, heavy ion collisions, and astronomical observations. We then present a roadmap to make progress in areas of relevance to the symmetry energy that promotes collaboration between astrophysics and the nuclear physics communities.
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JLAB-PHY-14-1837; DOE/OR/23177-2988; arXiv:1401.5839
FG02- 87ER40365; DE-SC0008808; NSF Grant PHY- 0606007; DE-SC0004835; D05-92ER40750
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Resource Type:
Journal Article
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Journal Name: J. Phys. G: Nucl. Part. Phys.; Journal Volume: 41; Journal Issue: 9
Research Org:
Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, Newport News, VA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
Country of Publication:
United States