Structure of exotic neutron-rich nuclei studied in radioactive beam experiments

Supervisor

Zsolt Podolyak

Co-supervisor

Patrick Regan

Research Group

Centre for Nuclear and Radiation Physics

Type
Experimental
Techniques used

Fragmentation, gamma-ray spectroscopy, charged particle spectroscopy

Objectives
  • To study neutron-rich nuclei produced in both fragmentation and spallation.
  • Obtain information on the evolution of shells with changing neutron number.

Project description

As a result of the recent developments in accelerator technology previously inaccessible nuclear species can be produced at radioactive beam facilities. Such facilities include CERN-ISOLDE (Switzerland), GSI (Germany), GANIL (France).

The study of the structure of such exotic nuclei with very large neutron-to-proton ratio provides information an the very basis of our understanding of nuclear physics: the shell structure and magic numbers. There is increasing evidence to suggest that well known magic numbers disappear and others appear as we add more and more neutrons to a given specie.

The project is to study the structure of such nuclei, obtaining information on the excited states of them for the first time.

Find us

Address
Centre for Nuclear and Radiation Physics
Department of Physics
University of Surrey
Guildford
Surrey
GU2 7XH