Structure of Nuclei with Extreme Neutron/Proton Ratios

Lead Research Organisation: University of Surrey
Department Name: Physics


Neutron-rich nuclei to be studied will be produced in world leading facilities. The isotope-separation on-line technique will be used at CERN-ISOLDE, and projectile fission at RIKEN. In an already approved experiment at CERN-ISOLDE, the single magic radioactive nucleus 206Hg will be studied in low energy Coulomb excitation. The experiment is expected to provide information on the collectivity, both quadrupole and octupole, in this region. At RIKEN the nuclei of interest will be populated via secondary fragmentation of fission products, via beta decay and transfer reactions. The obtained level schemes will be used to refine nuclear theories and to increase their predictive power for even more exotic nuclei.

Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
ST/N504440/1 01/10/2015 30/09/2020
1651929 Studentship ST/N504440/1 01/10/2015 31/03/2019 Thomas Andrew Berry
Description CERN@School 
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 Participation in the CERN@School programme, working alongside the University's Outreach Officer in engaging nearby schoolchildren with particle physics through projects based around a CERN-developed radiation detector. This has involved travelling to the schools involved, demonstrating the use of the equipment, speaking to classes about the projects and applications of nuclear physics in general, and providing support and physics consultancy to the groups as they plan their projects. While there have been no significant projects as of yet, the students have gained hands-on experience of nuclear physics phenomena and the programme has also been improved using feedback from participants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018