Angular momentum population in fragmentation reactions


Zsolt Podolyak

Research Group

Centre for Nuclear and Radiation Physics

Techniques used
  • Fragmentation, gamma-ray spectroscopy, charged particle spectroscopy
  • To study the angular momentum produced in relativistic-energy fragmentation reaction.
  • Obtain vital information on the production of isomeric radioactive beams.

Project description

The future of nuclear physics is closely linked with the appearance of the radioactive beam facilities. One of the main production mechanism used in these facilities is fragmentation. Fragmentation is a process in which a fast moving nucleus impinges on a target nucleus and due to the violent collision part of the projectile is ripped off.

The project is aimed at the study of the reaction mechanism of high-energy fragmentation. Special emphasis is given to the angular momentum produced in this process, something which is at present day is poorly understood. The work has practical implications on the production of ling-lived isomeric beams.