Welcome to the NuSTEC Training in Neutrino Nucleus Scattering Physics

This is a training program in the physics of neutrino nucleus scattering, to be held at Fermilab, Batavia IL, USA in 20-30 October 2014 (actual dates for the lectures are 21-29 October).

The recently formed NuSTEC (Neutrino Theory-Experiment Collaboration) is organizing this training.

The training program is based on the concept of total immersion in the topic at hand and relies on experts in the field who are willing to lecture and follow up by interacting informally with the students. The program will include 33 hours of lectures and 12 hours of recitation in the evenings, encouraging questions and discussion on all of the day's lectures. The aim of the program is to provide the necessary theoretical background on the physics of electroweak interactions with nucleons and nuclei. It should allow the participants to understand recent developments and to contribute to this field, which has become very important for the future of neutrino physics. The expected participants are mostly PhD students and young post-docs working in neutrino experiments worldwide, but also young theorists working on neutrino interactions will attend.


Venue & Location

The training program will be held at Fermilab, October 21-29.



Program (Contents, Schedule, Indico Webpage)

  1. Electroweak interactions on the nucleon (L. Alvarez-Ruso) [lecture videos: 1, 2, 3]

    Electromagnetic interactions; V-A and current-current theories of weak interactions; CVC and PCAC; single-nucleon matrix elements of the electroweak current and associated form factors; parameterizations and sources of experimental information about electromagnetic and weak form factors.

  2. Strong and electroweak interactions in nuclei (R. Schiavilla) [lecture videos: 1, 2, 3, 4]

    Two- and three-nucleon pion exchange interactions; realistic models of two- and three-nucleon interactions; short-range structure of nuclei and nuclear correlations; momentum distributions of nucleons and nucleon pairs in nuclei; spectral functions; two- and many-body components in the nuclear electroweak current.

  3. The nuclear physics of electron and neutrino scattering in nuclei in the quasi-elastic regime and beyond (T. W. Donnelly, J. Nieves and O. Benhar)

    Approximate methods for nuclei (I) (T. W. Donnelly) [lecture videos: 1, 2, 3]

    Shell model; relativistic Fermi gas model (success and limitations); relativistic mean field. Phenomenological description of inclusive neutrino scattering based on scaling and superscaling.

    Approximate methods for nuclei (II) (J. Nieves) [lecture videos: 1, 2, 3]

    The polarization propagator; RPA approach; RPA equations; many-body diagrams; meson exchange currents and 2p2h terms in general.

    Ab initio methods for nuclei (O. Benhar) [lecture videos: 1, 2, 3]

    Selection from: variational and Green's function Monte Carlo methods, no-core shell model, coupled-cluster method, auxiliary-field Monte Carlo methods. Ab initio descriptions of inclusive scattering: i) integral transform methods (Euclidean and Lorentz transform techniques), ii) selfconsistent Green's function methods.
  4. Pion production (T. Sato) [lecture videos: 1, 2, 3]

    QCD (chiral symmetry) constraints to pion pion production at threshold. The role of the Delta(1232) resonance in pion photon and electroproduction. Electroweak excitation of baryon resonances. Transition form factors. Unitarization. Watson theorem. Single pion production, diffractive off a nucleon and coherent off a nucleus. Other meson production channels (kaon, 2 pions, associated strangeness, etc).

  5. Description of exclusive channels and final state interactions (P. Danielewicz) [lecture videos: 1, 2, 3]

    Transport and cascade approaches to the description of the exclusive final state; pions in nuclei: propagation and absorption; formation time; baryon resonances in the nuclear medium. Nucleon propagation in nuclei. Entanglement between quasielastic and inelastic processes.

  6. Inclusive electron and neutrino scattering in the deep inelastic regime (J. Owens) [lecture videos: 1, 2, 3]

    General analysis of deep inelastic scattering (DIS); Bjorken scaling; quark-parton model; DGLAP equations; nuclear effects in DIS; shadowing; extraction of parton distribution functions; duality.

  7. Impact of uncertainties in neutrino cross-sections (P. Coloma and T. Dealtry)

    General analysis (P. Coloma) [lecture videos: 1, 2]
    The T2K analysis (T. Dealtry) [lecture video: 1]

  8. Selected experimental illustrations (K. Mahn, C. Mauger and M. Soderberg)

    Fine-grained Sampling detector (C. Mauger) [lecture videos: 1, 2]:
    - Experimental technique
    - Results/capabilities
    LAr detectors (M. Soderberg) [lecture videos: 1, 2]
    - Experimental technique
    - Results/capabilities
    Cerenkov vs. fine-grained measurement techniques (K. Mahn) [lecture video: 1]


The application form can be found at the following link.

Indico Webpage for Lectures Notes and Reading Material

Here is a link to the Indico webpage.



We have a local hotel to house participants and a registration fee currently set at $650 for participants needing a hotel. The fee includes 10 nights in a shared double room (single available for additional fee), bus from the hotel to Fermilab, breakfast and lunch at Fermilab, coffee breaks and bus back to the hotel where the recitation and nightcap will be held after the evening meal. For participants already living at/around Fermilab not needing the hotel, there is a reduced registration fee of $250 that will include lunch, the coffee breaks and the recitation and nightcap at the hotel. The training program offers a limited number of partial support grants for the registration fees of those staying in the hotel. If you would like to apply for this support, please follow the instructions on the application form.


The training program will be held at Fermilab. For instructions on how to reach Fermilab please see here.

Fermilab's main entrance is located at the intersection of Kirk Road and Pine Street in Batavia, Illinois, about 45 miles west of Chicago. Delivery trucks need to use the entrance at Kirk Road and Wilson Street. There is no street number assigned to this entrance location. When using a GPS navigation unit, please enter the intersection as your destination. Signs posted at the intersection will point you to the Fermilab entrance.

From Chicago, travel west on the Eisenhower (I-290) to I-88 (80 cents). Exit I-88 at the Farnsworth exit, north or right (60 cents). Farnsworth becomes Kirk Road. Follow Kirk Road to Pine Street. Turn right at Pine Street, Fermilab's main entrance.

From O'Hare Airport, take I-90 east toward Chicago. After just a couple of miles, take I-294 south, toward Indiana (80 cents). From I-294 take the exit to I-88, the east-west tollway, toward Aurora (80 cents). From I-88, take the Farnsworth exit (60 cents). Turn north onto Farnsworth. Farnsworth becomes Kirk Road. Follow Kirk Road to Pine Street. Turn right on Pine Street, the main entrance to Fermilab. Come to Wilson Hall, the high-rise building. You'll see it sticking up off the prairie.

From Midway Airport: Take Cicero Avenue north to the Stevenson Expressway South (I-55) to I-355 North (toward northern suburbs). Take I-355 to the East-West tollway (I-88). Take I-88 West for approximately 10 miles to the Farnsworth North exit and turn right. Travel 2.9 miles to the Pine Street entrance to the Fermilab site.



Accommodations for participants needing a hotel have been reserved at the Pheasant Run Hotel in St. Charles, 4051 E Main St, St Charles, IL, 60174.

Here is a link to an interactive map to reach the hotel.