Theoretical and Experimental Nuclear Physics

at the University of Surrey

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Group Leader : Professor I.J. Thompson

Nuclear Physics has the aim of understanding the basic structure of atomic nuclei in terms of the forces between their constituent neutrons and protons, and developing new theories of nuclear interactions. There is a special emphasis on the effects of nuclear spin and nuclear shape, on reactions that probe new aspects of nuclear structure such as nuclear halos, and on the structure of nuclei with unusual proportions of neutrons and protons. Relativistic effects, and the interaction of nuclei with kaons and other elementary particles, are also emphasised.

Computational nuclear theory is carried out using University and EPSRC national supercomputing facilities, and is based on advanced mathematical techniques of quantum mechanics as applied to few-body models of nuclear processes. These techniques include algebraic computing methods and group theory.

Experimental research in nuclear structure uses state-of-the-art gamma-ray and charged particle detector arrays. The basic nuclear phenomena investigated include shape transitions, mechanisms of symmetry breaking, and clustering within nuclei studied via breakup reactions. The group is heavily involved in the development of beams of radioactive nuclei to be used in studies of exotic nuclei, nuclear astrophysics and condensed matter science. Much of the work is carried out in collaboration with other UK universities at major accelerator facilities in the UK and overseas.

For further information on the Nuclear Physics Group at Surrey please contact:

Paula Bourke
Physics Department
University of Surrey
Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH
Tel: +44 1483 689307, E-mail: P.Bourke@ph.surrey.ac.uk

This page last updated 17th July 2002 by I.Thompson@ph.surrey.ac.uk.