Wednesday, 23 February 2022

PDRA positions in York

The University of York nuclear physics group is currently advertising for three post-doctoral researchers to work with them.  This is excellent news for the group there, indicating as it does great success in having their peer-reviewed grand proposals funded, with three full-time researchers enabling them to carry out the promised research.  It's also good news for the UK nuclear physics community, and in particular the very small theory component of it.  Especially it is good for those looking to secure a post-doc in nuclear theory, based in a lovely city. 

The deadline for applying is 18th March.

Here is an image I found of the theory group at York, probably taken before the pandemic!  As I understand it from the job advert, the Principal Investigator on all three projects is Prof Jacek Dobaczewsku, on the left in the picture

Monday, 21 February 2022

doi on arxiv

 My last post was about the arXiv and now there is more news to report about it:  All papers posted there since the beginning of 2022 will have a doi assigned.  This is excellent news, as the doi has become such a standard way of providing a link to an online article.  I assumed that that the reason this hadn't been done in the past was because of the non-zero cost of having a doi assigned.  I don't know what the cost is, but I guess it was not so much of a hindrance after all - and of course arXiv is not free to run, but it does have sponsorship and institutional funding, and presumably the arXiv board arrived at the decision that subscribing to the doi system was worthwhile and affordable. 

Tuesday, 8 February 2022

From arXiv to ar5iv

A little while ago I posted about a website which took arXiv articles and presented them as html for better reading on devices such as phones where pdf does not work so well.  Now I've come across another one, ar5iv which makes html5 versions of arXiv papers (where the original is in LaTeX).   To use it you can just replace the X by a 5 in the URL of a paper and hopefully it will return a readable version.  

Here's an example from a paper writing up a summer student's code.  It seems to work pretty well even with the LaTeX package we used for pretty-printing the source code in an appendix.  

Tuesday, 1 February 2022

Nuclear reactions breaking causality?

In response to a tweet about a paper taking a long time to get published, Toshihiko Kawano of Los Alamos tweeted about a paper of his that appears to violate some physical laws in its publication.  Good job Toshihiko!