Potential student research projects
Physics of the nucleus
Nuclear fusion at energies below the barrier will be measured to understand the transition from coherent superpositions to irreversible outcomes
This project combines a variety of experiments on beams from the ANU 14UD accelerator with theory to build a better understanding of the hyperfine fields present in free ions. These hyperfine fields have important applications to measuring the magnetic properties of exotic nuclei.
This project has a theoretical/computational emphasis. The goal is to model the hyperfine interactions of highly charged free ions, examine the conditions under which these ions behave as open versus closed quantum systems, and explore their utility as a laboratory for studies of quantum decoherence.
The project aims to develop numerical procedures to evaluate the energy spectra of X-rays and Auger electrons emitted in nuclear decay.
Analyses of data collected at the GSI laboratory in Germany that probes the understanding of shapes and long-lived isomerism in exotic nuclei
Experiments to investigate the interactions of weakly bound nuclei. Answers will impact on new developments of radioactive beam facilities worldwide.
The magnetic dipole moments of excited nuclear states will be measured to probe nuclear structure, especially the emergence of collectivity near closed shells. Experiments may be performed at large scale international radioactive beam facilities as well as in the ANU heavy ion accelerator laboratory.
The project will highlight the importance of explicitly treating both quantum coherence and decoherence, to obtain a full understanding of the process of nuclear fusion.
Modern alchemists form new elements by nuclear fusion. What are the nuclei to be used? Experiments aim to answer this question
The project is aiming to develop a highly sensitive magnetic pair spectrometer to measure the weak decay branches from the Hoyle state. This state is formed in the triple-alpha reaction in stars and is responsible for the carbon production in the Universe.