Physics of the Nucleus
Radionuclides can serve as tracers and chronometers for environmental processes. The time scale for these clocks is set by the half-life of the respective radioisotope. Using accelerator mass spectrometry and decay counting this project aims investigate the chronology of the Early Solar System.
Dr Stefan Pavetich, Dr Michaela Froehlich , Dr Stephen Tims, Mr Dominik Koll
This project builds on our established track record of developing novel methods to measure magnetic moments of picosecond-lived excited states in atomic nuclei, and the theoretical interpretation of those measurements. Students will help establish new methodologies to underpin future international research at the world's leading radioactive beam laboratories.
Professor Andrew Stuchbery, Dr Tibor Kibedi, Professor Gregory Lane, Mr Brendan McCormick
The discovery of new elements is of fundamental importance in progressing our society – new elements have contributed human history toward an affluent society. This project aims at proposing the best way to create new superheavy elements based on our studies, and at creating new superheavy elements with the best way.
Dr Taiki Tanaka, Professor David Hinde, Professor Mahananda Dasgupta
Modelling space radiation environments to inform radiation assurance testing at the Heavy Ion Accelerator Facility (HIAF).
Dr Ian Carter, Mr Ben Coombes
Nuclear metastable states, known colloquially as isomers, have energy densities millions of times greater than chemical batteries. This project investigates nuclear pathways for reliably extracting this energy from candidate isotopes on demand.
Dr AJ Mitchell, Professor Gregory Lane
Investigate the properties of exotic nuclei and their impact on fundamental models and creation of the elements when stars explode.
Dr AJ Mitchell
Motivated by exciting prospects for measurements of the magnetism of rare isotopes produced by the new radioactive beam accelerators internationally, this experimental and computational project seeks to understand the enormous magnetic fields produced at the nucleus of highly charged ions by their atomic electron configuration.
Professor Andrew Stuchbery, Dr Tibor Kibedi, Mr Brendan McCormick
The measurement of the lifetimes of excited nuclear states is foundational for understanding nuclear excitations. This project covers three measurement methods that together span the nuclear lifetime range from about 100 femtoseconds to many nanoseconds. The project can include equipment development, measurement, and the development of analysis methodology (programming and computation).
Professor Andrew Stuchbery, Dr Tibor Kibedi, Professor Gregory Lane, Mr Ben Coombes