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Nuclear Physics is the study of the heavy but tiny nucleus that lies at the centre of all atoms and makes up 99.9% by mass of everything we see. The nucleus forms a fascinating laboratory for study, falling between the extremes of systems with a handful of particles, which can be solved from first principles, and systems with thousands of particles whose properties can be treated statistically. Indeed, the nucleus is a unique mesoscopic quantal system that is composed of two types of interacting fermions in which the underlying force is poorly understood. As such it provides an extremely important testing ground for models that attempt to predict the properties of nuclei. The individual protons and neutrons in the nucleus can strongly dictate the properties of the nucleus as a whole.

Although a mature field, nuclear physics poses an array of very challenging questions and the recent advent of accelerated radioactive beams has reinvigorated this research area. Increasingly important is the application of our understanding of nuclear physics to astrophysical questions, where it can help to understand energy generation in stars as well as the heavy elements synthesised in stellar explosions.

Nuclear Physics Group

The group currently consists of 8 members of academic staff, 3 post-doctoral researchers, one experimental officer and 18 graduate students. The group is extremely active in experimental nuclear physics and conducts a diverse programme of experiments at a range of overseas laboratories in France, Finland, Germany, Switzerland and North America. It is also strongly involved in the development of new detection systems for future experiments/ facilities.

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Past Events

  • NPG Seminar, H ingestion in stars: nucleosynthesis from a neglected common physics process; Dr. Marco Pignatari, University of Basel - 8th July 2013 at 3.00, location P/T303.
  • Workshop - Shape Coexistence Across the Chart of the Nuclides- 15-16th April 2013, location University of York. Information
  • IOP Nuclear Physics Group Conference - 7-10th April 2013, location Ron Cooke Hub.
  • IoP workshop Radioactivity in astrophysics 5th April 2013, location Kings Manor, University of York.
  • NPG Seminar, Proton capture reactions in type Ia supernovae and the p process, Dr Kerstin Sonnabend, GSI. 27 February 2013 at 11:15 location: P/T111
  • NPG Seminar, Exploring the lightest nuclei with resonance scattering; Dr. Grigory Rogachev, Florida State University - 14th December 2012 at 12.15, location P/T111.
  • NPG Seminar, Fusion and fission study at JAEA; Dr. Katsuhisa Nishio, Japan Atomic Energy Agency 11th December 2012 at 14.15, location P/T111.
  • NPG Seminar, Dr Steve Chappell, Oxford Instruments - Engineering Low Temperatures and High Magnetic Fields - 20th November 2012 at 13.00, location P/T111.
  • NPG Seminar, Professor John Wood, Georgia Institute of Technology 5th September 2012 from 11.15 and 14.15, location G/045a.
  • NPG Seminar, Dr. Oliver Kirsebom, TRIUMF: New discoveries about an old nucleus, 18th July 2012 from 15.15, location P/T111.
  • NPG Seminar, Dr. Arnau Rios Huguet, Nuclear reactions as non-equilibrium many-body processes, 17th May 2012 from 15.15, location P/T111.
  • NPG Seminar, Dr. Birger Back, Argonne National Laboratory, Discoveries of Transuranium Elements - a brief overview, 9th May 2012 from 15.15, location P/L006.
  • NPG Seminar, Dr. Bradley Cheal, University of Manchester, 19th April 2012 from 15.15, location P/T201.
  • NPG Seminar, Dr. Ben Kay, Neutrinoless double beta decay: the nuclear structure ingredient, 12th April 2012 from 15.15, location P/T201.
  • NPG Seminar, Dr. Matthew Fraser, CERN-ISOLDE: The Upgrade of the REX Post-accelerator at HIE-ISOLDE, 10th April 2012 from 15.15, location P/T201.
  • NPG Seminar, Andrew Andreyev, 27th January 2012 from 14.15, location P/T111.
  • The SHARC workshop held in Caen (France) on the 24th and 25th of March 2011.

Last Updated: April 2013 | S. Gillespie

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