The GRC on Photonuclear Reactions brings leading researchers and young physicists together to both discuss current theoretical and experimental work on electron and photon scattering from nucleons and nuclei, and to identify important future directions for the field. The Photonuclear Reactions GRC typically has representatives from all/most active electron accelerators worldwide that operate in the energy region between about 100 MeV and several GeV, reporting on the most recent experimental work from these facilities.
The range of topics discussed has changed over the years. In the early years, much emphasis was placed on research to elucidate nuclear structure properties in heavy elements - with an eye toward understanding how nucleons would interact collectively to generate structure, and how such collective excitations related to the underlying nucleon-nucleon interactions. Over the past two decades, our field has moved more toward detailed studies of the nucleon-nucleon interaction and few-nucleon systems, and toward understanding the detailed structure of the nucleon itself and how such structure can be related to the underlying Quantum Chromo Dynamics of the quarks and gluon. Topics which have been discussed in recent years include: the chiral structure of the nucleon, electroweak-nuclear physics, few-nucleon systems, the transition to the scaling regime, perturbative Quantum-Chromo Dynamics (pQCD) as applied to photonuclear physics, Compton Scattering and Generalized Parton Distributions (GPD), nucleon spin structure, baryon spectroscopy, new form-factor results, new "pushing the envelope" developments in theory and experiment, and non-traditional applications of photonuclear physics.
What is a GRC? Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.