Manchester Experimental Nuclear Physics Consolidated Grant Request 2011

Lead Research Organisation: University of Manchester
Department Name: Physics and Astronomy

Abstract

Nuclear Physics aims to understand the structure and dynamics of nuclear systems. It is key to understanding the Universe from the first microseconds of its inception through its history of star and galaxy formation where nuclear reactions play a key role in the generation of energy and the creation of elements. The field has applications that benefit society in areas from medicine and security to power production, and a strong impact on other fields of science.

The Manchester group makes leading edge contributions at an international level. Experimental work is performed at specific overseas facilities with focussed investment in the necessary instrumentation to carry out this work.

Experiment:
Atomic nuclei are a unique quantal laboratory in which microscopic as well as mesoscopic features, driven by effective two-body and three-body forces, can be studied. They are complex many-body systems, but often display unexpected regularities and simple excitation patterns that arise from underlying shell structure, pairing and collective modes of excitation. Such properties are also exhibited by simpler mesoscopic systems (for example, metallic clusters, quantum dots, and atomic condensates) the understanding of which draws heavily on techniques developed and honed in nuclear physics. A fundamental challenge is to understand nuclear properties ab-initio from the interplay of the strong, weak, and electromagnetic forces between individual nucleons. Recently, enormous progress has been made with such programmes for light nuclei. For heavier nuclei, shell, cluster and other beyond mean field many-body techniques, based on effective interactions, provide essential frameworks for correlating experimental data, yet still lack the refinement to reliably predict nuclear properties as one moves more than a few nucleons from well-studied stable nuclei.
Uniquely, radioactive beam facilities allow an exploration of nuclear properties using both approaches over a wide range of N (neutron number), Z (proton number), T (temperature or excitation energy) and I (angular momentum).
The key open questions the Manchester group will address include:
* Do new forms of collective motion occur far from the valley of nuclear stability?
* How does the ordering of quantum states, with all of its consequent implications for nuclear structure and reactions, alter in highly dilute or neutron-rich matter?

Theory:
To make precise connections between the structure and properties of the lightest, simple atomic nuclei and the underlying theory that describes the strong forces between nucleons, Quantum Chromodynamics. This is difficult because of the strength of the interaction. Even its fundamental degrees of freedom, quarks and gluons, are not the ones we see in nuclei. As the theory cannot be solved for situations relevant to nuclear physics, we work with "effective" field theories, built out of the appropriate degrees of freedom but incorporating robust constraints from the underlying theory, in particular its symmetries. An effective theory shouldn't be used at short distances where the underlying physics starts to be resolved. We apply a cut-off to mask the short-distance behaviour; a renormalisation approach is then used to ensures that predictions do not depend on cut-off scale. This approach is well-developed for couplings of photons and pions to single nucleons and for the forces between a pair of nucleons.
We now wish to extend the approach to larger nuclei, initially looking at ones with 3-4 nucleons. We will use a powerful variational method to determine the nuclear wave functions, starting from forces provided by the effective theories. With these wave functions, we will then calculate interactions of photons with these nuclei to learn more about how nucleons respond to external fields. Experiments of these nuclei can tell us about the properties of the neutron, which are not accessible by other means since it is an unstable particle.

Planned Impact

Trained manpower at postgraduate and postdoctoral levels is in great demand in nuclear, software and instrumentation industries. Young scientists trained within academic nuclear physics are the only source of independent expertise in areas concerning radioactivity and radiation detection. The importance of this expertise can only increase in the future as handling of nuclear wastes and reactor decommissioning become even more important issues in society. The research undertaken will also directly inform the teaching of undergraduates at Manchester who will benefit from advanced courses involving examples from topical, current research issues.

Since nuclear physics is the fundamental science underpinning the nuclear sector, our expertise developed in research projects such as these allows us to host for two major postgraduate training programmes: the Coordinating Centre for NTEC (Nuclear Technology Education Consortium involving 12 UK universities providing Masters-level courses to the nuclear industry) and the EPSRC Industrial Doctorate Centre for Nuclear Engineering (a consortium of 8 universities, see above). We deliver core and options modules for NTEC, and we are quickly expanding other KT activities (eg courses given to EURATOM Nuclear Safeguards inspectors; leading involvement in a European project to design nuclear safety culture courses across the European nuclear sector; and nuclear codes training courses).

Members of the group have a long track record in improving the wider scientific culture by initiating scientific outreach activities. As examples of current activity: group members are organising events in association with the Rutherford centenary in 2011 including a public lecture series and an exhibition at the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry; one group member acts as science correspondent for the weekly "Slice of Science" section on Manchester's Unity Radio; contributions will be made to the annual school teacher's conference on nuclear physics organised by several northern universities. Plans for the future include: participation in the NW Gifted and Talented Regional Partnership; "Raising Awareness of the Work of Nuclear Physicists", an STFC Large Award Proposal from Dalton and MoSI for Key Stage 4/5 and A-Level students; workshops for Key Stage 3/4 supported by the National Nuclear Laboratory and Urenco.
Group members have also been able to influence UK and International Policy on nuclear related issues via participation in select committee activities and by representing the UK at a variety of international meetings related to the nuclear industry and skills.

Nuclear data and technological expertise in the group will be used to make measurements relevant to the nuclear industry by improving a variety of important nuclear cross sections. This will improve the Joint European Fission-Fusion database, used throughout the nuclear industry for design and planning current operations. Improvement in the quality of the data automatically improves the safety and reliability of calculations made.

Work is on-going to identify and develop an alternative energy supply to Pu-238, for which world stocks are about to run out, involving neutron, gamma and beta dose calculations using radiation transport codes to assess both the dose to on-board equipment and also to personnel making the nuclear battery prototypes and preparing the craft for launch.

The group has supported medical research using short-lived positron emitters at the Wolfson Medical Imaging Centre, by supervising MPhys and MSc students to help WMIC's research project work. In the near future, there is the opportunity for us to contribute to developing separated radioisotope production at the medical cyclotron using laser techniques. Group members are involved in projects to improve SPECT imaging at the Christie hospital, with potential to commission commercial software.

For more detailed information, see accompanying paperwork.

Publications

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Acosta-Gonzaga E (2017) The role of attitudinal factors in mathematical on-line assessments: a study of undergraduate STEM students in Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education

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Akber A (2015) Increased isomeric lifetime of hydrogen-like Os 192 m in Physical Review C

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Akkoyun S (2012) AGATA-Advanced GAmma Tracking Array in Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment

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Alharshan G (2012) The isomeric structure of 132 Pr in Journal of Physics: Conference Series

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Ando S (2012) Effective Field Theory of 3He in Few-Body Systems

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Andreyev A (2014) a decay of Au 176 in Physical Review C

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Antonov A (2011) The electron-ion scattering experiment ELISe at the International Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR)-A conceptual design study in Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment

 
Description Fundamental information about the structure of and reactions between atomic nuclei.
Exploitation Route Stimulated and fed information into other academic research.
Stimulated outreach activities to the public.
Sectors Energy,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Security and Diplomacy,Other

 
Description Fed into various outreach activities.
Sector Education,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural

 
Description Group for the Upgrade of ISOLDE (GUI) (Kieran Flanagan)
Geographic Reach Asia 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guidance committee
 
Description IOP Nuclear Physics Group
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guidance committee
URL http://www.iop.org/activity/groups/subject/np/
 
Description STFC Education, Training and Careers Committee (ETCC) (Gavin Smith)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guidance committee
URL http://www.stfc.ac.uk/704.aspx
 
Description STFC Industrial CASE Studentships Panel (David Cullen)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guidance committee
URL http://www.stfc.ac.uk/704.aspx
 
Description STFC Nuclear Physics Advisory Panel (Kieran Flanagan)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in advisory committee
 
Description STFC Science Board (Sean Freeman)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guidance committee
 
Description Royal Society Research Grant
Amount £13,000 (GBP)
Funding ID RG130726 
Organisation The Royal Society 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2014 
End 02/2015
 
Description Aizu 
Organisation University of Aizu
Department Mathematical Science
Country Japan 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Collaborative work, intellectual input, access to experimental results
Collaborator Contribution Theoretical calculations and support
Impact Research papers
 
Description Argonne National Laboratory 
Organisation Argonne National Laboratory
Department Physics Division
Country United States 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Intellectual input, performing experiments, data analysis, writing publications
Collaborator Contribution Facility provision and intellectual input
Impact Publications.
 
Description Berkeley 
Organisation Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Country United States 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Collaborative work, intellectual input
Collaborator Contribution Collaborative work, intellectual input, frozen taregt
Impact Research papers
Start Year 2010
 
Description CERN-ISOLDE 
Organisation European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Department ISOLDE Radioactive Ion Beam Facility
Country Switzerland 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Research collaborations, equipment provision
Collaborator Contribution Research collaborations, equipment and facility provision
Impact Research outputs, collaborative equipment construction.
 
Description GWU 
Organisation University of Washington
Department Department of Physics
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Application of chiral perturbation theory to Compton scattering.
Collaborator Contribution Application of chiral perturbation theory to Compton scattering.
Impact Determination of electromagnetic polarisabilities of the proton from Compton scattering data.
Start Year 2009
 
Description HELIOS 
Organisation Argonne National Laboratory
Department Physics Division
Country United States 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Gas detector system and electronics, intellectual input
Collaborator Contribution Intellectual input, silicon detector arrays, electronics
Impact Publications
 
Description HELIOS 
Organisation Western Michigan University
Department Department of Physics
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Gas detector system and electronics, intellectual input
Collaborator Contribution Intellectual input, silicon detector arrays, electronics
Impact Publications
 
Description JYFL 
Organisation University of Jyvaskyla
Department Accelerator Laboratory
Country Finland 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Research collaboration, experimental equipment
Collaborator Contribution Research collaboration, experimental equipment, facility provision
Impact Research outputs, equipment infrastructure
 
Description MEDICIS 
Organisation European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Department CERN - Other
Country Switzerland 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We have studied the impact of the predicted collections at the CERN MEDICIS facility on the radiation levels in the experimental area. Suggestions on a series of collection chambers have been made. Partnership between CERN MEDICIS and The Christie have been explored. Links between CERN MEDICIS and The National Physical Laboratory have been initiated.
Collaborator Contribution CERN MEDICIS is building the facility. KU Leuven will provide an essential piece of equipment (dipole magnet). The National Physical Laboratory will study Good Manufacturing Practices. The Christie will be an end user of the isotopes produced at CERN MEDICIS.
Impact An NTEC Master Thesis has been produced on this subject. The partnership between NPL and CERN MEDICIS has been cemented, resulting in a tangible lasting involvement of the UK in this international collaboration. An experimental programme involving CERN MEDICIS and The Christie has been cemented with the submission of a Letter of Intent to the CERN ISOLDE & nToF Committee (INTC) for the award of beam time at CERN. The final aim of this collaboration is use the general progress from fundamental nuclear research towards medical applications with radioisotopes.
Start Year 2015
 
Description MEDICIS 
Organisation National Physical Laboratory
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We have studied the impact of the predicted collections at the CERN MEDICIS facility on the radiation levels in the experimental area. Suggestions on a series of collection chambers have been made. Partnership between CERN MEDICIS and The Christie have been explored. Links between CERN MEDICIS and The National Physical Laboratory have been initiated.
Collaborator Contribution CERN MEDICIS is building the facility. KU Leuven will provide an essential piece of equipment (dipole magnet). The National Physical Laboratory will study Good Manufacturing Practices. The Christie will be an end user of the isotopes produced at CERN MEDICIS.
Impact An NTEC Master Thesis has been produced on this subject. The partnership between NPL and CERN MEDICIS has been cemented, resulting in a tangible lasting involvement of the UK in this international collaboration. An experimental programme involving CERN MEDICIS and The Christie has been cemented with the submission of a Letter of Intent to the CERN ISOLDE & nToF Committee (INTC) for the award of beam time at CERN. The final aim of this collaboration is use the general progress from fundamental nuclear research towards medical applications with radioisotopes.
Start Year 2015
 
Description MEDICIS 
Organisation The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We have studied the impact of the predicted collections at the CERN MEDICIS facility on the radiation levels in the experimental area. Suggestions on a series of collection chambers have been made. Partnership between CERN MEDICIS and The Christie have been explored. Links between CERN MEDICIS and The National Physical Laboratory have been initiated.
Collaborator Contribution CERN MEDICIS is building the facility. KU Leuven will provide an essential piece of equipment (dipole magnet). The National Physical Laboratory will study Good Manufacturing Practices. The Christie will be an end user of the isotopes produced at CERN MEDICIS.
Impact An NTEC Master Thesis has been produced on this subject. The partnership between NPL and CERN MEDICIS has been cemented, resulting in a tangible lasting involvement of the UK in this international collaboration. An experimental programme involving CERN MEDICIS and The Christie has been cemented with the submission of a Letter of Intent to the CERN ISOLDE & nToF Committee (INTC) for the award of beam time at CERN. The final aim of this collaboration is use the general progress from fundamental nuclear research towards medical applications with radioisotopes.
Start Year 2015
 
Description MEDICIS 
Organisation University of Leuven
Department Institute for Nuclear and Radiation Physics
Country Belgium 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We have studied the impact of the predicted collections at the CERN MEDICIS facility on the radiation levels in the experimental area. Suggestions on a series of collection chambers have been made. Partnership between CERN MEDICIS and The Christie have been explored. Links between CERN MEDICIS and The National Physical Laboratory have been initiated.
Collaborator Contribution CERN MEDICIS is building the facility. KU Leuven will provide an essential piece of equipment (dipole magnet). The National Physical Laboratory will study Good Manufacturing Practices. The Christie will be an end user of the isotopes produced at CERN MEDICIS.
Impact An NTEC Master Thesis has been produced on this subject. The partnership between NPL and CERN MEDICIS has been cemented, resulting in a tangible lasting involvement of the UK in this international collaboration. An experimental programme involving CERN MEDICIS and The Christie has been cemented with the submission of a Letter of Intent to the CERN ISOLDE & nToF Committee (INTC) for the award of beam time at CERN. The final aim of this collaboration is use the general progress from fundamental nuclear research towards medical applications with radioisotopes.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Michigan State University 
Organisation Michigan State University
Department National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Intellectual input, performing experiments, assisting writing publications.
Collaborator Contribution Facility provision, intellectual input
Impact Publications
 
Description Notre Dame 
Organisation University of Notre Dame
Department Department of Physics
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Collaborative work, intellectual input
Collaborator Contribution Collaborative work, intellectual input, facility provision
Impact Research papers
Start Year 2007
 
Description Ohio University 
Organisation Ohio State University
Department Department of Physics
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Application of chiral perturbation theory to Compton scattering.
Collaborator Contribution Application of chiral perturbation theory to Compton scattering.
Impact Determination of electromagnetic polarisabilities of the proton from Compton scattering data.
Start Year 2009
 
Description TUM 
Organisation Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU Munich)
Department Faculty of Physics
Country Germany 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Physics ideas, analysis, writing papers.
Collaborator Contribution Beam time, access to experimental facilities.
Impact Research papers
Start Year 2011
 
Description TUM 
Organisation Technical University of Munich
Country Germany 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Physics ideas, analysis, writing papers.
Collaborator Contribution Beam time, access to experimental facilities.
Impact Research papers
Start Year 2011
 
Description University of Tokyo 
Organisation University of Tokyo
Department Centre for Nuclear Study
Country Japan 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Collaborative work, intellectual input, access to experimental results
Collaborator Contribution Theoretical calculations and support
Impact Research papers
 
Description Windmill 
Organisation Belgian Nuclear Research Centre
Department ISOL@MYRRHA
Country Belgium 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Responsible for the integration of the alpha-detection setup at ISOLDE. Principal Investigator on 50% of the research programme. Operational support.
Collaborator Contribution Experimental setup (detectors, lasers)
Impact High-impact scientific publications New beams at ISOLDE for other research programmes (e.g. polonium, astatine)
 
Description Windmill 
Organisation Comenius University in Bratislava
Department Department of Nuclear Physics and Biophysics
Country Slovakia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Responsible for the integration of the alpha-detection setup at ISOLDE. Principal Investigator on 50% of the research programme. Operational support.
Collaborator Contribution Experimental setup (detectors, lasers)
Impact High-impact scientific publications New beams at ISOLDE for other research programmes (e.g. polonium, astatine)
 
Description Windmill 
Organisation European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Department Engineering: Sources, Targets and Interactions (EN-STI)
Country Switzerland 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Responsible for the integration of the alpha-detection setup at ISOLDE. Principal Investigator on 50% of the research programme. Operational support.
Collaborator Contribution Experimental setup (detectors, lasers)
Impact High-impact scientific publications New beams at ISOLDE for other research programmes (e.g. polonium, astatine)
 
Description Windmill 
Organisation European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Department ISOLDE Radioactive Ion Beam Facility
Country Switzerland 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Responsible for the integration of the alpha-detection setup at ISOLDE. Principal Investigator on 50% of the research programme. Operational support.
Collaborator Contribution Experimental setup (detectors, lasers)
Impact High-impact scientific publications New beams at ISOLDE for other research programmes (e.g. polonium, astatine)
 
Description Windmill 
Organisation Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU)
Country Germany 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Responsible for the integration of the alpha-detection setup at ISOLDE. Principal Investigator on 50% of the research programme. Operational support.
Collaborator Contribution Experimental setup (detectors, lasers)
Impact High-impact scientific publications New beams at ISOLDE for other research programmes (e.g. polonium, astatine)
 
Description Windmill 
Organisation IPN Orsay - Nuclear structure
Country France 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Responsible for the integration of the alpha-detection setup at ISOLDE. Principal Investigator on 50% of the research programme. Operational support.
Collaborator Contribution Experimental setup (detectors, lasers)
Impact High-impact scientific publications New beams at ISOLDE for other research programmes (e.g. polonium, astatine)
 
Description Windmill 
Organisation Joint Institute of Nuclear Research
Country Russian Federation 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Responsible for the integration of the alpha-detection setup at ISOLDE. Principal Investigator on 50% of the research programme. Operational support.
Collaborator Contribution Experimental setup (detectors, lasers)
Impact High-impact scientific publications New beams at ISOLDE for other research programmes (e.g. polonium, astatine)
 
Description Windmill 
Organisation Lohengrin (Institut Laue-Langevin)
Country France 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Responsible for the integration of the alpha-detection setup at ISOLDE. Principal Investigator on 50% of the research programme. Operational support.
Collaborator Contribution Experimental setup (detectors, lasers)
Impact High-impact scientific publications New beams at ISOLDE for other research programmes (e.g. polonium, astatine)
 
Description Windmill 
Organisation Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute (PNPI)
Country Russian Federation 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Responsible for the integration of the alpha-detection setup at ISOLDE. Principal Investigator on 50% of the research programme. Operational support.
Collaborator Contribution Experimental setup (detectors, lasers)
Impact High-impact scientific publications New beams at ISOLDE for other research programmes (e.g. polonium, astatine)
 
Description Windmill 
Organisation Slovak Academy of Sciences
Country Slovakia 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Responsible for the integration of the alpha-detection setup at ISOLDE. Principal Investigator on 50% of the research programme. Operational support.
Collaborator Contribution Experimental setup (detectors, lasers)
Impact High-impact scientific publications New beams at ISOLDE for other research programmes (e.g. polonium, astatine)
 
Description Windmill 
Organisation University of Leuven
Department Nuclear Spectroscopy Group
Country Belgium 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Responsible for the integration of the alpha-detection setup at ISOLDE. Principal Investigator on 50% of the research programme. Operational support.
Collaborator Contribution Experimental setup (detectors, lasers)
Impact High-impact scientific publications New beams at ISOLDE for other research programmes (e.g. polonium, astatine)
 
Description Windmill 
Organisation University of York
Department Department of Physics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Responsible for the integration of the alpha-detection setup at ISOLDE. Principal Investigator on 50% of the research programme. Operational support.
Collaborator Contribution Experimental setup (detectors, lasers)
Impact High-impact scientific publications New beams at ISOLDE for other research programmes (e.g. polonium, astatine)
 
Description Yale 
Organisation Yale University
Department Wright Nuclear Structure Laboratory
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Collaborative work, intellectual input.
Collaborator Contribution Collaborative work, facility access
Impact Research papers
 
Description Hangout with CERN on pear-shaped nuclei and astatine 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 1,000 people watched the webcast live, ~10,000 watched it since

The interest for the activities at ISOLDE was deemed so high that the following episode was dedicated to ISOLDE as well.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8Jdu9O2RhU
 
Description Headstart Nuclear Summer School 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The presentations and practical activities were very successful and the students engaged with the lecturers and the science ambassadors.

Upon the success of this event, it was decided to reinstate it as a recurrent happening in the coming years.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015
 
Description I'm a scientist, get me out of here! 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Several hundreds students got the opportunity to ask questions directly through live chat sessions and offline about science and life as a scientist.

A very positive response was received from the students who might in return seriously consider studying science.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://imascientist.org.uk
 
Description India-UK workshop on physics at ISOLDE 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Participants in your research and patient groups
Results and Impact 20 Indian participants and 5 UK participants exchanged on various topics of interest for ISOLDE. Ideas have been expressed to collaborate on similar projects that will be followed up in meetings and travels to India later this year.
I presented specifically on the themes of laser spectroscopy and mass spectrometry at ISOLDE and led the forum on atomic techniques for nuclear spectroscopy.

Prof Jon Billowes has been invited to BARC in May to discuss the details of a possible collaboration on the laser spectroscopy research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description LEGO Mindstorm workshops 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact As of end February 2016, 6 schools workshops delivered by physics undergraduates have engaged ~120 secondary school pupils under age 14 in explaining the nuclear research being carried out at CERN and teaching basic programming, in the context of challenging pupils to complete a task with a Lego Mindstorms robot.
Follow-up comment emailed by a parent: "[My child] really enjoyed the STEM activity. He had a real excitement about the event both leading up to it and afterwards. I think he particularly enjoyed the fact that they had some independence on their project, with support from the STEM team. He also really appreciated how science can be used in the workplace, how it can be a career and the sort of areas it can impact on."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016
 
Description Official CERN tour guide 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Groups of students and members of the general public frequently visit CERN (>100,000 visitors per year). When they request to visit ISOLDE, we offer introduction lectures and guided tours of the facility. Those happen weekly and the duty is shared between the members of the group present at CERN on those occasions.

Some participants to those visits as physics undergraduate students have since decided to continue their research in nuclear physics with a specific request to work with our group at ISOLDE.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010,2011,2012,2013,2014
URL http://outreach.web.cern.ch/outreach/
 
Description Ogden Trust Physicist of the Year Award Lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 26 students were presented with an award and made Fellows of the Ogden Trust, giving them access to the Ogden Trust networking and scholarships in physics. The students and their families attended the lecture and made contact with me afterwards.

One student obtained on that occasion a summer placement at The University of Manchester, School of Physics & Astronomy.
All students are now eligible for scholarships to study Physics at university.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.ogdentrust.com/about-us/news/post/1217-awards-season
 
Description Physics Master Class 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Engaged with students in practical activities.

Great experience for a nuclear physicist in a particle physics themed event. Will definitely participate again to stimulate cross-fertilisation.
A few teachers express the interest in building their own cloud chamber.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.hep.manchester.ac.uk/u/masterclass/masterclass2014/
 
Description Random Walk in Physics 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 30 3rd-year undergraduate students attended the lecture and interacted with me afterwards.

2 students requested specifically to perform their summer internship within the Nuclear Physics Group.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Rutherford Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 70 year-10 pupils from local schools; talks and demonstrations on Rutherford and nuclear physics

interest and inspiration
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Rutherford Exhibition at Museum of Science and Industry 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Workshop Facilitator
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Three month exhibition Aug to Oct 2011 of nuclear physics past and present to celebrate the Rutherford Centennial. Estimated visitors 200,000.

Manchester played advisory and facilitator role.

Media coverage.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description STFC Career event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation to doctoral students about the path to academic research an on how to best position oneself towards success in academia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Teacher Training in Nuclear physics 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Demonstrated hands on experience of radiation detectors with school teachers at an event to train school teachers in nuclear physics.

Event was successful so repeated for two years, now ongoing
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009,2010
 
Description The facts behind the fuss lecture series 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Participants engaged with the lecturer.

The talk was greatly appreciated and the lecturer was invited to present it at many more events. It was also highlighted in many newsletters.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Variety of activities as Schools Liaison Officer 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The PI of the grant was the Schools and Colleges Liaison Officer for Physics and Astronomy. The research outputs of the grant have contributed to talks given as part of the responsibilities this post, to local schools and colleges, at University Open Days held three times a year, and at many one-off events.

Many.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2006,2007,2008,2009,2010