Coulomb excitation of 202Rn

Lead Research Organisation: University of York
Department Name: Physics


A remarkable feature of the atomic nucleus is the ability for it to take on different shapes at small cost in energy. This phenomenon is known as nuclear shape coexistence and understanding the fine balance between nuclear shapes is a challenge to state-of-the-art nuclear models. We propose to make a stringent test of shape coexistence in the light radon nuclei using Coulomb excitation at the REX-ISOLDE facility in CERN.


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Description We studied Coulomb excitation of 202Rn at REX-ISOLDE in CERN as a means of exploring nuclear shape coexistence. The experiment was successful and a paper has been published.
Exploitation Route It will encourage further work in this area.
Sectors Education

Description The work has been disseminated at conferences and a paper has been published.
Description Nuclear physics outreach work 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact For the last ten years, I have been involved in a whole range of outreach activities related to nuclear physics, from lectures to local groups e.g. astronomical societies to lectures at major science festivals. A major focus has been on providing continuous professional development courses for teachers. These have taken place at several science learning centres including National Science Learning Centre in York. In addition, they have been given at Rutherford Lab and elsewhere. Around 500 teachers have been reached over the years.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2006,2007,2008,2009,2010