NSTAR 2017

The 11th International Workshop on the Physics of Excited Nucleons
August 20 — 23, 2017
at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

Nucleon excitations are providing a unique opportunity to explore many facets of the non-perturbative strong interaction and how various baryons, including those with strange and heavy flavor content, emerge from QCD. The rapid growth of high-quality experimental results on exclusive meson photoproduction off nucleons from CLAS, ELSA, GRAAL, LEPS, and MAMI allow us to pin down reaction amplitudes with unprecedented precision and to establish the baryon spectrum with minimal model dependence. Experiments with hadronic beams (GSI, JPARC) and hadron production in e+e- collisions (BES) extend and complement the scope of baryon spectroscopy, where the importance of baryon states in the evolution of the Universe has also just recently been elucidated.

Space-like resonance electrocouplings can be extracted, based mainly on the CLAS data on exclusive meson electroproduction off nucleons, over a wide range of photon virtualities and provide valuable information on the excited nucleon structure by offering access to non-perturbative strong interaction mechanisms behind the N* generation. The insight into the baryon structure is complemented by the studies of time-like form factors (BABAR, BES, GSI, PANDA).

From the theory side, the Dyson-Schwinger-Equation and Lattice-QCD approaches are remarkably progressing in describing the baryon spectrum and structure from the first principles of QCD. New opportunities to explore the full spectrum of excited nucleons as well as strange and heavy baryons have been offered by advances in the QCD-inspired quark models.

Synergistic efforts between experimentalists and theorists have already demonstrated our capability to address some open key problems of hadron physics on the nature of hadron mass, quark-gluon confinement, and their emergence from QCD via the exploration of the baryon structure and spectrum including the search for the new states of hadron matter such as hybrid and 'multi-quark' baryons. The purpose of this workshop is to share the latest results on various aspects of low-energy QCD dynamics in terms of N* resonances, and to discuss the future developments.

Topics covered in the workshop are:

  • Baryon spectrum through meson photoproduction
  • Baryon resonances in experiments with hadron beams and in the e+e- collisions
  • Baryon resonances in ion collisions and their role in cosmology
  • Baryon structure through meson electroproduction, transition form factors, and time-like form factors
  • Amplitude analyses and baryon parameter extraction
  • Baryon spectrum and structure from first principles of QCD
  • Advances in the modeling of baryon spectrum and structure
  • Facilities and future projects
  • Other topics related to N* physics

Important dates

Abstract submission deadline June 20, 2017
Early registration deadline June 20, 2017
Deadline for hotel reservations July 19, 2017


  • R. Gothe, Chair (University of South Carolina)
  • Y. Ilieva (University of South Carolina)
  • V. Mokeev (Jefferson Lab)
  • E. Santopinto (INFN)
  • S. Strauch (University of South Carolina)

International Advisory Committee

A. D'Angelo (Rome), R. Beck (Bonn), V. Braun (Regensburg), S. Brodsky (SLAC), V. Burkert (Jefferson Lab), S. Capstick (Florida State University), H. Gao (Duke University), R. Gothe (South Carolina), D. Ireland (Glasgow), F. Klein (Bonn), T.-S. H. Lee (Argonne), K.-F. Liu (Kentucky), U.-G. Meißner (Bonn), V. Mokeev (Jefferson Lab), T. Nakano (Osaka), E. Oset (Valencia), C. Roberts (Argonne), B. Saghai (CEA/Saclay), E. Santopinto (U. Genoa), X. Shen (IHEP, Beijing), H. Ströher (FZ Jülich), A. W. Thomas (Adelaide), L. Tiator (Mainz), R. Workman (George Washington University), Q. Zhao (IHEP, Beijing), Z. Zhao (University of Science & Technology of China), B. Zou (ITP/CAS, Beijing).

Conference Registration

Register Online

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Register now and follow the MarketPlace prompts to complete payment. Your transaction is only complete when you receive an order number, which is your receipt of payment. Your registration is not guaranteed until payment is received and you receive an order number.

By Mail

If you plan to pay by check or purchase order, please complete this registration form [pdf] and return with payment to:

NSTAR 2017
USC Continuing Education and Conferences
1600 Hampton Street, Suite 403
Columbia, SC 29208

Your registration is not guaranteed until payment is received.


If you have any questions about registration, please contact confs@mailbox.sc.edu or call +1-803-777-9444.

If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact nstar2017@physics.sc.edu.

Abstract Submission

All participants who want to present their research have to submit an abstract. Please attend to the instructions when you fill out the Google Form following the link below. Make sure to submit the requested information before the deadline of June 20, 2017.

Abstract Submission Instructions:

  • Complete the form first, then click on the SUBMIT button.
  • Please do not resubmit your abstract, email us nstar2017@physics.sc.edu if you have to revise your submission.
  • Type the abstract into the corresponding Google Form field. We encourage you to use the LaTeX format for symbols and equations.
  • The LOC will inform you once your contributed abstract is accepted.

Travel Arrangements

Conference Venue

Darla Moore School of Business

Darla Moore School of Business
University of South Carolina
1014 Greene Street
Columbia, SC 29208

Visa and Invitation Letters

If you need an invitation letter please request it during registration or send your request to nstar2017@physics.sc.edu.

Note: For non-U.S. conference attendees who will or may be receiving any kind of travel support from the NSTAR 2017 conference, the following requirements apply:

  • If you need a visa to enter the US, make sure it is a B1 (business) visa, not a B2 (tourist) visa.
  • If you will be entering the US on a waiver, make sure it is a WB (waiver, business), not a WT (waiver, tourist).
  • Be sure to declare your trip as business at the port of entry, and that your passport entry stamp is marked with an appropriate business status.

The latest information on visa arrangements for visitors to the United States can be found at the U.S. Department of State website. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en.html

Travel to Columbia, SC


  • The closest airport is Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE). For ground transportation follow this link. The taxi pick-up area is just outside the terminal - lower level baggage claim. An average taxi ride to downtown Columbia costs approximately $25.
  • In some cases it might be easier to fly in and out of Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT). One would then need to rent a car at the airport as there is no convenient public transportation from Charlotte, NC to Columbia, SC. The travel time by car to Columbia is about 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Hotel Reservation

Special conditions for the reservation of up to 130 rooms have been arranged in the following three nearby hotels for about $150 per night with a cutoff date of July 19th, 2017. All negotiated rates below include breakfast and are for registered participants only.

Courtyard by Marriott

1 Courtyard Columbia Downtown at USC

630 Assembly Street
Columbia, SC 29201

70 Rooms - $149.00 plus taxes per night

Courtyard Columbia Downtown at USC Reservation Link

SpringHill Suites Downtown Columbia

2 SpringHill Suites Downtown Columbia

511 Lady Street
Columbia, SC 29201

50 Rooms - $149.00 plus taxes per night

SpringHill Suites Downtown Columbia Reservation Link

Courtyard by Marriott

3 Hampton Inn

822 Gervais Street
Columbia, SC 29201

10 Rooms - $145.00 plus taxes per night

Hampton Inn Reservation Link

Your Visit in Columbia, SC

  • USC is located in the center of Columbia next to the State House. Columbia is known for its southern hospitality and family friendliness and has lots of things to do and explore.
  • Columbia offers affordable accommodation in all categories and has a wide variety of restaurants in the vicinity of USC.

Conference Dinner

Your preliminary entrée choices:

Vegetarian Meal
Bavette Pasta Served with Truffle Oil with Sautéed Forest Mushroom Boursin Cream, Asparagus Spears, Yellow Squash Julienne, and Red Pepper Drizzle
Slow Roasted Beef Short Ribs with Fingerling Potato Confit,Lemon Caper Grape Tomato, Asparagus and Sugar Glazed Baby Carrots, and Fresh Basil Ragout
Broiled Salmon with Beurre Blanc and Fingerling Potato Confit,Lemon Caper Grape Tomato, Asparagus and Sugar Glazed Baby Carrots, and Fresh Basil Ragout

Preliminarily Program

List of invited Speakers

  • Bashir, Adnan, “Structure of the Orbital Excited N* from DSE”
  • Beck, Reinhard, “The N* Photoexcitation Program at CBELSA and MAMI”
  • Brodsky, Stanley J., “Insights on N* Structure from AdS/QCD, Light-Front Holography, and Superconformal Quantum Mechanics”
  • Burkert, Volker, “N* Experiments and their Impact on Strong QCD Physics”
  • Carman, Daniel, “CLAS N* Excitation Results from Pion and Kaon Electroproduction”
  • Credé, Volker, “N* Photoexcitation Results from JLab”
  • Cole, Philip, “Bridging Time-Like and Space-Like N* Form Factors”
  • de Teramond, Guy, “N* Transition Form Factors Predictions and their Holographic Light-Front Wave Functions”
  • Doering, Michael, “Developments of the JAW Dynamical Coupled Channel Analysis”
  • Eichmann, Gernot, “Baryon Structure and Reaction Mechanisms from DSE”
  • El-Bennich, Bruno, “Poincare Covariant Description of the Resonance Spectrum”
  • Elouadrhiri, Latifa, “Confinement in N* and DIS Physics”
  • Kamano, Hiroyuki, “Electromagnetic N* Transition Form Factors in the ANL-Osaka Dynamical Coupled-Channel Approach”
  • Mai, Maxim, “Status of the Λ(1405)”
  • McKeown, Bob, “Future Facilities and QCD Physics”
  • Melnitchouk, Wally, “Interplay between Resonance Electroexcitations and Hard Processes”
  • Mokeev, Viktor, “CLAS N* Electroexcitation Results from Double Pion Production”
  • Oset, Eulogio, “Chiral Unitary and New Developments in the Baryon Sector”
  • Park, Kijun, “Extracting Resonance Parameters from Exclusive Electroproduction off Protons at CLAS”
  • Pasyuk, Eugene, “Advances in N* spectroscopy from Exclusive Photoproduction at CLAS”
  • Qiu, Jianwei, “Perspective on Current QCD Efforts”
  • Ramalho, Gilberto, “N* Form Factors in Relativistic Quark Models”
  • Ramstein, Beatrice, “Time-Like N-N* Transitions in Hadroproduction”
  • Richards, David, “LQCD Prospects on the Evaluation of N* Transition Form Factors”
  • Roberts, Craig, “Strong QCD Theory as it Impacts the N* Structure”
  • Ryckebusch, Jan, “Resonance Parameters from Strangeness Photo- and Electroproduction”
  • Sandorfi, Andy, “New Results on γd → pπ(n) with HDice”
  • Santopinto, Elena, “N* Structure from Constituent Quark Models”
  • Sarantsev, Andrei, “Bonn-Gatchina Multi-Channel PWA of Meson Photo- and Electroproduction”
  • Sato, Toru, “Exclusive Meson Electroproduction off Bound Nucleons in the ANL-Osaka DCC Approach”
  • Segovia, Jorge, “Valence-Quark Structure N* Resonances from DSE”
  • Sokhoyan, Vahe, “N* Photoexcitation Results from Mainz”
  • Strauch, Steffen, “Baryons in Medium”
  • Strakovsky, Igor, “Exclusive Meson Photoproduction off Bound Nucleons”
  • Svrac, Alfred, “L+P Method for Resonance Extractions from Partial-Wave Amplitudes”
  • Thoma, Ulrike, “N* Photoexcitation Results from Bonn”
  • Tian, Ye, “Advances in Exclusive Meson Eletroproduction off Bound Neutrons”
  • Tiator, Lothar, “The MAID Legacy and Future”
  • Zou, Bingsong, “Time-Like N* Transition Form Factors in e+e- Annihilation”
  • Schedule

    Floor plan of the NSTAR 2017 conference site at the Darla Moore School of Business.

    Saturday, August 19, 2017

    Morning - Afternoon Guests begin arriving in Columbia, SC
    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Registration
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Opening Reception

    Sunday, August 20, 2017

    7:30 AM - 9:00 AM Registration
    Lobby near DMSB 123
    8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Opening / Welcome / Introduction
    DMSB 123
    9:00 AM - 10:30 AM General Session
    DMSB 123
    10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Break (Coffee / Refreshments)
    11:00 AM - 12:30 PM General Session (Cont.)
    DMSB 123
    12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch Break
    1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Parallel Sessions
    DMSB 121, 122, 124, 125, 126
    3:30 PM - 5:30 PM "Star Wars Musiclipse" Concert
    South Carolina Philharmonic
    Koger Center for the Arts

    Monday, August 21, 2017

    8:30 AM - 10:30 AM General Session
    DMSB 123
    10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Break (Coffee / Refreshments)
    11:00 AM - 12:30 PM General Session (Cont.)
    DMSB 123
    12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch Break
    1:30 PM - 4:30 PM Total Solar Eclipse - Reception
    DMSB Rooftop

    Total Solar Eclipse - Main Event
    2 min 30 sec in Columbia - 2:43:07 PM
    DMSB Rooftop
    Evening Free time / enjoy Columbia

    Tuesday, August 22, 2017

    8:30 AM - 10:30 AM General Session
    DMSB 123
    10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Break (Coffee / Refreshments)
    11:00 AM - 12:30 PM General Session (Cont.)
    DMSB 123
    12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch Break
    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Parallel Sessions
    DMSB 121, 122, 124, 125, 126
    3:30 PM - 4:00 PM Break (Coffee / Refreshments)
    4:00 PM - 6:30 PM Parallel Sessions
    DMSB 121, 122, 124, 125, 126
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Conference Dinner
    Top of Carolina (Capstone Building)

    Wednesday, August 23, 2017

    8:30 AM - 10:30 AM Parallel Sessions
    DMSB 121, 122, 124, 125, 126
    10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Break (Coffee / Refreshments)
    11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Parallel Sessions
    DMSB 121, 122, 124, 125, 126
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch Break
    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM General Session
    DMSB 123
    4:00 PM - 4:30 PM Break (Coffee / Refreshments)
    4:30 PM - 6:00 PM General Session (Cont.)
    DMSB 123