DTP/TALENT 2024 | Nuclear Theory for Astrophysics

ECT* - Villa Tambosi

Strada delle Tabarelle, 286
Trento - Italy

ECT* - Villa Tambosi

Strada delle Tabarelle, 286
Trento - Italy

Nuclear physics and astrophysics are strongly linked through neutron stars, compact objects that represent the densest form of matter in the universe. Neutron stars also have strong synergies to nucleosynthesis and the origin of the heaviest elements in the cosmos. This TALENT school will cover: 1) the equation of state of neutron-rich matter and new constraints inferred from nuclear theory, experiment and observations, 2) core-collapse supernova as the birthplace of neutron stars, and 3) neutron star mergers and gravitational waves to probe the neutron-star interior. In the last years, there has been an enormous progress in theory, experiments, and observation and we aim to bring to the students a broad overview combined with concrete and practical exercises to achieve a comprehensive understanding of neutron stars from the nuclear and astrophysics perspectives.



Week oneNuclear physics of neutron stars

The lectures will explain how to build an equation of state for neutron rich matter that is consistent with known properties of finite nuclei and neutron stars. The students will learn how to build a TOV solver in order to compute the mass-radius relation for a small sample of realistic equations of state. The lectures will conclude with some of the important open questions in the field.

Week two:  Birth of neutron stars in core-collapse supernovae.

Wewill briefly review the stellar evolution of massive stars and discuss in detail their collapse and explosions as supernovae. The students will gain a deep understanding of the explosions and the role of the equation of state on the supernova dynamics, neutrino emission and nucleosynthesis. The seminars will cover neutrino astrophysics and the role of magnetic fields in supernovae.

Week three: Neutron star mergers

Lectures and tutorials will focus on numerical relativity simulations of neutron star mergers where the students will also familiarize themselves with some open source codes used in the community. The lectures will also cover our current understanding of the gravitational and
electromagnetic emission that can be produced by these systems, including r-process/kilonova and short gamma ray bursts.


Supporting Institutions


  • Almudena Arcones (TU Darmstadt)
  • Bruno Giacomazzo (Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca)
  • Jorge Piekarewicz (Florida State University)


Registration no longer available.

Application for the ECT* DTP/TALENT 2024 should be made electronically through the webform.

Application should include:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Description of academic and scientific achievements
  • Short letter expressing the applicant’s personal motivation for participating in the programme

In addition a reference letter from the candidate’s supervisor, addressed to “The Director of ECT*”, should be sent by email to  –

Students are welcome to arrive on July, 14th. The checkout time is fixed in August, 3rd.


Collection of applications will end on May 10, when registration closes.
Applicants will be notified of the selection results within the next two weeks.

The selection of participants will be made by a committee composed of the scientific Organizers and the Director of ECT*.

The selection criteria will cover both formal and merit aspects:

  • compliance with the submission date
  • completeness of the required documentation
  • evaluation of merit measured on the basis of the CV, documentented scientiftic achievements and letter of support

In order to promote the participation from under-represented groups in Nuclear Physics and Related Areas ECT* may provide modular scholarships as a contribution to facilitate the attendance of selected candidates.

An additional requirement for this possible subsequent selection will be consideration of participants based in underrepresented countries and with a certifiable lack of access to research funds at affiliating institutions.

PhD students and ECRs based in Trento are allowed to apply for DTP/TALENT programs, but are not eligible for financial support.


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