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Megavolts Ep 10: Cygnus and the search for dark matter

Is there dark matter all around us, is there a dark matter wind passing through us as the earth travels through space? Victoria Uttaree Bashu is part of the Cygnus-Oz collaboration, building ultra-sensitive detectors to look for these elusive particles.

ANU partnership to deliver safe innovations in nuclear science

A new partnership between The Australian National University (ANU) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in the United States will deliver innovations in nuclear science and help steward the safe use of nuclear technologies across the globe. ANU...

Big Dreams of Very Tiny Things

As a young girl in Bangladesh, Victoria Uttaree Bashu was obsessed with Einstein. Like her inspiration, she is already pushing back the frontiers of physics, three months into her PhD in the Nuclear Physics and Accelerator Applications Department. “Sometimes...

New measurements of nuclei throw a neutron amongst the pigeons

New measurements of the surface of atomic nuclei have thrown up a puzzle about how they behave. A set of reactions used to measure properties of neutrons in similar forms of carbon and nitrogen nuclei, performed at ‘gentle’ energies, show...

Gurus of nuclear data gather at ANU

Prominent nuclear scientists from across the globe converged on ANU last week for the biennial meeting of the International Network of Nuclear Structure and Decay Data Evaluators. This is the first time the meeting has been held in the southern hemisphere,...

Megavolts Episode 4 - The Search for Dark Matter

Episode 4 of Megavolts finds us in the HIAF experimental hall looking for dark matter with Dr Lindsey Bignell.   Actually, it’s a practice run, using neutrons instead: dark matter detections are likely to be so rare that we need to have the detectors...

Nuclear footballs slow to turn into soccer balls

It turns out atomic nuclei – the tiny soccer balls at the heart of the atoms that make us up – sometimes turn into footballs. With a small injection of energy they can become elongated shapes, as much as twice as long as they are wide. But...

Interview - new carbon creation rates set to rock astrophysics models

Hear from our nuclear physics researchers about the surprising new measurement of how quickly stars create carbon. Measurements in the Heavy Ion Accelerator Facility are set to trigger a major shift in our understanding of how stars evolve and die, how the elements...

ANU to advance Australia's sovereign nuclear capabilities

With Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States signing a historic deal on nuclear powered submarines, The Australian National University (ANU) stands ready to train the next generation of nuclear scientists and practitioners and fill the gap in our existing...

When is an atomic nucleus like a flock of birds?

Physicists trying to understand the stability of some heavy atomic nuclei are drawing inspiration from the fluid motion of giant flocks of birds. Some nuclei behave like a collection of individual protons and neutrons, each interacting as individuals...

Element of surprise: Carbon creation finding set to rock astrophysics

A new measurement of how quickly stars create carbon may trigger a major shift in our understanding of how stars evolve and die, how the elements are created, and even the origin and abundance of the building blocks of life. Physicists at the Australian...

Research will help scientists understand how stars create elements

New research involving The Australian National University (ANU) has, for the first time, demonstrated a long-theorised nuclear effect, in a feat that will help scientists understand how stars evolve and produce elements such as gold and platinum. Physicists...

Myanmar trip an enriching experience for physics academic

An ANU nuclear physics academic is hoping his recent trip to the University of Yangon in Myanmar is just the start of a meaningful collaboration that will see ANU help to grow Myanmar's research capacity in physics and engineering.The ANU Research School...