Nuclear dynamics and reactions

We study the dynamics of nuclei and their reactions with a variety of probes so that we can understand them, predict their reaction rates and explain the results.


We do this by using state-of-the-art simulations of the time evolution of nuclear systems, and by developing innovative theoretical techniques describing nuclear reactions of interest for experiments, using many-body and few-body quantum mechanics, and semiclassical models.

Research areas

  • Nuclear structure; understanding the observed ground and excited state properties of nuclei
  • Nuclear astrophysics; predicting reaction rates of relevance for different nuclear processes taking place in stars
  • Nucleon transfer reactions; to explain and understand results obtained in world-leading experimental facilities
  • Fission and fusion reactions; understanding the detailed reaction dynamics of these fundamental nuclear processes.

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If you want to find out more about the research we are doing or have any queries, please get in touch with Dr Paul Stevenson:

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Theoretical Nuclear Physics Group
Department of Physics
University of Surrey