Available student project - Nuclear spectroscopy with nucleon transfer reactions

Research fields

  • Physics of the Nucleus
The ANU Enge magnetic spectrometer

Project details

A typical project will be based on experiments using the ANU 14UD particle accelerator and the Enge magnetic spectrometer. Nucleon transfer reactions will be used to probe single-particle and collective behaviour in atomic nuclei. Please contact us to discuss the broad range of research programs that are ongoing.

New capacity to perform research with nucleon transfer reactions with the Enge magnetic spectrometer is currently being developed. This opens up the opportunity for students to undertake research projects in nuclear instrumentation, software development and fundamental physics.

Precise knowledge of the internal structure of atomic nuclei is essential to advance our understanding of visible matter in the Universe. This requires meticulous measurement of individual proton and neutron orbits at the quantum level. The ideal tools for this job are ‘nucleon-transfer reactions’. These are nuclear reactions in which a proton or neutron is transferred between an energetic ion beam and a nucleus in a stationary target. Outgoing reaction products can be used as ‘fingerprints’ for understanding the properties of nuclear states populated in the reaction.

The ANU Enge Magnetic Spectrometer is designed to fully exploit the high-precision ion beams available from the 14UD tandem particle accelerator. The upgraded spectrometer will allow a new research program to commence that exploits both new and emerging ventures for HIAF, as well as existing research topics. These include: examination of fundamental forces that hold atomic nuclei together; emergence of transitional and coexisting nuclear shapes; and exotic decay processes that may point to new physics beyond the ‘Standard Model’.

Required background

No specific background knowledge is required, and we’re happy to discuss options with anyone with an interest in nuclear science. Projects can be developed for students who are keen to learn about nuclear instrumentation, software development for planning and executing experiments, and computer-based analysis of multi-parameter data sets.

Project suitability

This research project can be tailored to suit students of the following type(s)
  • 3rd year special project
  • PhB (1st year)
  • PhB (2nd or 3rd year)
  • Honours project
  • Vacation scholar

Contact supervisor

Mitchell, AJ profile

Other supervisor(s)

Lane, Gregory profile

Stuchbery, Andrew profile

Kibedi, Tibor profile

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