Our research programmes address key open questions in nuclear physics, such as how the ordering of quantum states changes in increasingly neutron-rich matter and whether new symmetries and new forms of nuclear matter appear in nuclei far from stability. The measurements have impact on wider scientific issues, helping to explain, for example, how the elements and isotopes found in the universe were formed.
Experimental research investigates the structure and reactions of atomic nuclei using a variety of techniques to study the properties of rare unstable isotopes, usually produced at international accelerator facilities.
Our work includes studies of electromagnetic moments and nuclear radii, transfer reactions, rare isotopes produced in fission, and nuclear lifetimes. More applied research projects are also underway to address technical problems in nuclear-power generation and medical imaging.
Theoretical colleagues are interested in the effect of the symmetries of quantum chromodynamics on the behaviour of nucleons and nuclei. Studies are made of the fundamental questions of how a nucleus is bound together and how the properties of nuclei arise. This links closely to their interest in atomic Bose-Einstein condensates formed in atomic gases at extremely low temperatures, where many of the same theoretical tools can be employed.
For a list of the current projects offered for PhD and MSc postgraduate study, please take a look at the Project Booklet 2017/18