ICASU researchers awarded $4.4 million for cyberinfrastructure to solve long-standing problems in fundamental physics

A story by Jessica Raley for ICASU, photo is of a computer simulation of two merging neutron stars (left) is blended with an image of heavy-ion collisions at CERN. (Credit: Lukas R Weih and Luciano Rezzolla/Goethe University Frankfurt and CMS/CERN) 

The heaviest neutron star, or the lightest black hole?

A story by Jessica Raley for ICASU, photo is artist's visualization of a neutron star and a black hole merging. Credit: Carl Knox/OzGrav

Merging the communities of heavy ions and neutron stars

A story by Jessica Raley for ICASU, group photo from a virtual workshop entitled "From heavy-ion collisions to neutron stars." 

The MUSES Collaboration

MUSES (Modular Unified Solver of the Equation of State (EoS)) is a new NSF-funded large collaboration project that develops a new cyberinfrastructure to provide to the scientific community novel tools to answer critical interdisciplinary questions in nuclear physics, gravitational wave astrophysics, and heavy-ion physics.

Mission Statement

MUSES is an interdisciplinary team of physics experts in lattice QCD, nuclear physics, gravitational wave astrophysics, relativistic hydrodynamics, and computer science experts in programming and front-end development. The goal of the collaboration is to help find answers to questions that bridge nuclear physics, heavy-ion physics, and gravitational phenomena such as: what exists within the core of a neutron star? What temperatures are reached when two neutron stars collide? What can nuclear experiments with heavy-ion collisions teach us about the strongest force in nature and neutron stars?