Jun 3 – 14, 2024
America/New_York timezone

The Center for Frontiers in Nuclear Science (CFNS) Summer School on the Physics of the Electron-Ion Collider will be held at Stony Brook University (SBU), USA, June 3-14, 2024.

 Registration for 2024 is now closed. Acceptance letters have been sent. 

 Students: Arrival is on Sunday afternoon 2 June, and departure is on Saturday morning 15 June.

The Electron Ion Collider (EIC) is the world’s first polarized electron-nucleon (ep) and electron-nucleus (eA) collider planned for construction at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island, New York by the U.S. Department of Energy. The ePIC detector collaboration is formed and it is working with the EIC Project to realize the first collider detector. Possibilities of a second detector in the future are being discussed. The Electron-Ion Collider will be a discovery machine for unlocking the secrets of the "glue" that binds the building blocks (protons and neutrons) of visible matter in the universe. The EIC will start construction in mid-2025 and first collisions are planned in early 2030's.

The key physics questions that the EIC will address are:

How do the nucleonic properties such as mass and spin emerge from partons and their underlying interactions?

How are partons inside the nucleon distributed in both momentum and position space?

How do color-charged quarks and gluons, and jets, interact with a nuclear medium? How do the confined hadronic states emerge from these quarks and gluons? How do the quark-gluon interactions create nuclear binding?

How does a dense nuclear environment affect the dynamics of quarks and gluons, their correlations, and their interactions? What happens to the gluon density in nuclei? Does it saturate at high energy, giving rise to gluonic matter or a gluonic phase with universal properties in all nuclei and even in nucleons?

This series of EIC Summer schools are planned to introduce students to all aspects of the EIC - science, detector and collider challenges so that they enter the exciting field of EIC QCD Frontier. We will host & support 35 students for this school. The students of the school will have support for lodging and meals for the duration of the school. Applications will open in December 2023 and review of applications will begin in January 2024 and continue until positions are filled. The school will be held in-person at Stony Brook University.

The school will feature lectures and tutorials on theoretical and experimental topics related to the physics of the EIC.  Additionally, the school will include "hands-on" tutorial sessions. The school is ideally suited for advanced graduate students and postdocs in nuclear and particle physics.


  • Adnan Bashir (Umich)
  • Marco Battaglieri (JLab)
  • Giuseppe Bozzi (University of Cagliari)
  • Raul Briceno (The University of California, Berkeley)
  • Yi (Luna) Chen (Vanderbilt University)
  • Abhay Deshpande (SBU and BNL)
  • Stefano Forte (University of Milan)
  • Yulia Furletova (JLab)
  • Alex Jentsch (BNL)
  • Kolja Kauder (BNL)
  • Christoph Montag (BNL)
  • Asmita Mukherjee (IIT Bombay)
  • Sergei Nagaitsev (BNL)
  • Fred Olness (SMU)
  • Joe Osborn (ORNL)
  • Sanghwa Park (JLab)
  • Alexei Prokudin (PSU Berks and JLab)
  • Frank Rathmann (BNL)
  • Matthew Sievert (New Mexico State University)
  • George Sterman (SBU)


Organizing Committee: 

  • Ross Corliss (Stony Brook)  
  • Abhay Deshpande (SBU & BNL, CFNS Director)
  • Wenliang Li (Stony Brook)
  • Fred Olness (Southern Methodist University)
  • Alexei Prokudin (Penn State University, School Chair)

Administrative support:

  • Socorro Delquaglio (CFNS, Stony Brook)
  • Melissa Laguerre (CFNS, Stony Brook)


Center for Frontiers in Nuclear Science at Stony Brook University