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Graduate Student Seminar

Friday, March 15, 2019
12:15pm – 1:15pm

Storrs Campus

Prof. Alan Wuosmaa, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut

The Structure of “Exotic” Nuclei

Atoms you can’t dig out of the ground, and why you should care about them.

Nuclear physicists developed a basic understanding of the properties of atomic nuclei many decades ago, and that understanding has evolved to the point where the structure of stable or near-stable nuclei is reasonably well understood through a combination of modeling, theory and experiment. The theories used to explain stable and near-stable radioactive nuclei, however, are not well tested for nuclei that possess a large imbalance in the numbers of protons and neutrons that makes them behave very differently than stable nuclei. Such unstable nuclei are not typically present on Earth, however play a very significant role in violent astrophysical events that are responsible for the formation of many of the elements that are found in nature. I will describe some of the characteristics that make such nuclei “exotic,” and present some new experimental methods that are being used to provide data that can help understand the properties of these systems that can be used to guide new, modern theories of nuclear structure.


Prof. V. Kharchenko

Physics Department (primary), UConn Master Calendar

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