Our Group is part of the School of Mathematics and Physics. We have particularly close ties with the Theoretical Nuclear Physics Group and consist of PhD students, several early career researchers, members of academic staff and emeritus staff.


Our research is mostly funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), but we also welcome and support prospective research fellows who can contact a group member and explore the available schemes.

We work at the forefront of nuclear physics research and carry out world-leading research aimed at determining the structure and properties of the atomic nucleus and the origin of the chemical elements in the cosmos. This is achieved by employing state-of-the-art experimental techniques at leading international accelerator facilities.

The strong synergy between us and the Theoretical Nuclear Physics group is a particular strength. We provide a breadth and depth of expertise that enables the innovative exploitation of present radioactive- and stable-beam facilities, while developing theoretical capabilities and experimental equipment to enable the optimum use of future facilities.

Scientific activities

We run a stimulating programme of seminars together with the Theoretical Nuclear Physics group. We are actively involved in the organisation of scientific events at Surrey, like the British Council Researchers link nuclear theory for nuclear experiments workshop or the 24th European Conference on few-body problems in physics.

Our staff are regularly invited to speak at international conferences, workshops and meetings and give regular lectures on specialist topics. In addition, they are active on a number of international committees.


Our staff regularly participate in outreach activities and give public talks. If you are interested in finding out more about the outreach activities we offer then take a look at the School of Mathematics and Physics outreach section or feel free to contact the School Liaison and Outreach Officer, Dr Heather Campbell:


We work at a number of world-leading accelerator facilities and perform experiments with both radioactive and stable beams. These facilities include:

  • Argonne National Laboratory (USA)
  • The National Superconducting Cyclotron Institute at Michigan State University (USA)
  • TRIUMF (Canada)
  • GSI (Germany)
  • RIKEN (Japan)
  • GANIL (France)
  • INFN-Legnaro (Italy)
  • CERN.