Subatomic physics group

Department of Fundamental & Theoretical Physics

Exploring heavy element creation with data from the rubbish

New theoretical results about how nuclei break apart could help us to understand how elements on earth were created - for example when neutron stars collide - and could boost efforts to add new elements to the periodic table. Professor Cedric Simenel...

Zeptosecond collisions – the remarkable speed of nuclear reactions

Scientists have for the first time calculated the speed of the most complex nuclear reactions and found they’re really fast: mere zeptoseconds. Being this fast – a zeptosecond is a billionth of a trillionth of a second (10-21 seconds) –...

Discovery may help find new ways to innovate with light

The Australian National University (ANU) has contributed to a ground-breaking discovery that promises to help revolutionise the science behind the next generation of light-harvesting technologies, including potential new ways to generate solar power. Scientists...

Scientists detect electrons outside of their regular orbits

A research team including The Australian National University (ANU) has detected electrons outside of their regular orbits, a phenomenon that could be harnessed to develop next-generation electronics based on thin materials and superconductors.A common...

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