The astrophysics group is a joint UT-ORNL collaboration whose primary scientific focus is on explosive stellar events and the associated nuclear astrophysics. These efforts profit immensely from world-class computational resources such as ORNL's Titan and UT's Kraken that are available to us. They use such tools to construct theoretical models for supernovae, nova, x-ray, and gamma-ray bursts. All of these events create new atomic nuclei and contribute them to the galaxy, forming the basis for new stars and planets. By studying these events and their nuclear products, which form much of ourselves and our world, they study an important link in the chain of history that connects us to the beginning of the Universe.
Andrew W. Steiner
Newton and Wilma Thomas Endowed Chair and Director, JICS