Available student project - High precision electron spectroscopy of electric monopole transitions

Research fields

  • Physics of the Nucleus

Project details

Pure electric monopole (E0) transitions between spin-zero states are considered sensitive probes of changes in nuclear structure. The observation and characterisation of E0 transitions is particularly important to understand the existence of quantum states with very different deformation close to the ground sate of atomic nuclei. E0 transitions only proceed with the emission of conversion electrons or electron-positron pairs and are difficult to detect in the presence of the high flux of gamma-rays and conversion electrons.

This project is aiming to develop a new high sensitivity conversion electron spectrometer combining the ANU Superconducting solenoid with a high resolution semi-conductor detector. A combination of experiments, involving radioactive sources and nuclear reactions, as well as Monte Carlo simulations will be used to characterise the new spectrometer.

Required background

An interest in nuclear and computational physics.

Project suitability

This research project can be tailored to suit students of the following type(s)
  • 3rd year special project
  • Honours project
  • Phd or Masters
  • Vacation scholar

Contact supervisor

Dowie, Jackson profile
PhD Student
(02) 612 50609

Other supervisor(s)

Kibedi, Tibor profile
Senior Fellow
(02) 612 52093

Stuchbery, Andrew profile
Head of Department
(02) 612 52097

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