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Auburn scientists participate in atomic and molecular collision physics

Published: 02/22/2016

By: Lindsay Miles

A group of scientists from Auburn University, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Queen’s University of Belfast and the University of Giessen, are involved in large-scale computational atomic and molecular collision calculations.

Representing Auburn University from the Department of Physics are Michael Pindzola, Stuart Loch, and several graduate students.

The collision calculations support free electron laser experiments at Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) in Menlo Park, Calif., the X-ray Free Electron Laser (XFEL) in Hamburg, Germany, electron-impact experiments at the School of Physics and Astronomy in Manchester, England, ion-impact experiments at the Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR) in Darmstadt, Germany, and Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland. 

The various collision calculations are made possible through 2016 calendar year awards of 55 million processor hours on the CrayXC40 supercomputer at the High Performance Computing Center (HLRS) in Stuttgart, Germany, and 3 million processor hours on the CrayXCIH and CrayXC30 supercomputers at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) in Berkeley, Calif.

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