Research projects

Here is a list of the research projects that the NPG is currently involved in. Links are provided to more detailed descriptions where available.

Theory Group

Studying few-body models of nuclear structure and reactions with special emphasis on the quantitative descriptions of 3- and 4-body dynamics, the effects of deformation, and spin-dependent forces. Techniques used include the exact and approximate solution of coupled integro-defferential equations, semi-classical, Glauber and adiabatic theories, and Sturmian expansion techniques. Aims include the understanding of the structure and reaction mechanism of light (1 and 2 particle) halo nuclei induced reactions at low and high incident energies by the development and applications of appropriate theoretical models and methods.

Experimental Group

The experimental group has 3 main areas of interest:
Gamma-ray spectroscopy
Study of exotic states of nuclei with gamma-ray spectroscopy. In particular looking at tilted bands, very high-K isomers and nuclei far from stability. The research is expected to pave the way for future studies with radioactive beams.

Charged particle spectroscopy
Under the umbrella of the CHARISSA collaboration, the group is investigating clustering phenomena in s-d shell nuclei. Four universities are involved in the collaboration, namely Surrey, Birmingham, Oxford and York. More details about CHARISSA can be found on the CHARISSA page at the University of Oxford. You can also go to pages containing the source for some of the pictures we use.

The TIARA array is a major new device, presently under construction. It is aimed at the study of particle-bound states, and exploits the combination of charged particle techniques (a silicon array plus the VAMOS spectrometer) with state-of-the art gamma-ray detection (EXOGAM).

Radioactive beams
The group has a continuing interest in the use and development of radioactive beam facilities, with particular reference to RIST at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, REX-ISOLDE based at CERN and SPIRAL at GANIL.


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This page last updated 15th May 1996 by Ian Thompson.