Available student project - Characterisation and optimisation of an ionization detector system for probing dissipation effects

Research fields

  • Physics of the Nucleus
Basic schematic of a multi-anode ionisation chamber

Project details

Quantum process that cause energy dissipation and thermalisation are central to many important nuclear processes such as fission and fusion. Yet fundamental limitation in understanding the quantum processes that cause energy dissipation and thermalisation are currently a major limitation. Model calculation can disagree with measurements by up to a factor of 100 for collisions of heavy nuclei.

The experimental program which this project will support will inform the concurrent development of a hybrid quantum-classical model for thermalisation.

This project will involve the development, characterisation and optimisation of the new gas ionization detector system which with be central in understanding the early stages of dissipation through the measurement of multi-nucleon transfer reactions, identifying the mass, charge and kinetic energies of nuclear reaction products.

Required background

This project will suit students whom enjoy experimental 'hands-on' project. Engineering students with relevant skills are also encouraged to get involved.

Project suitability

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

Contact supervisor

Carter, Ian profile

Other supervisor(s)

Dasgupta, Mahananda profile

Hinde, David profile

Swinton-Bland, Ben profile

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