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Nuclear Spectroscopy: From Natural Radioactivity to Studies of the Most Exotic Isotopes

Professor Paddy Regan FInstP Cphys

Department of Physics, University of Surrey

Abstract

This talk will present data from some recent measurements which have revealed nuclear matter with highly unusual proton-to-neutron ratios compared to the stable isotopes which make up 'normal' cold matter on Earth. These very exotic radioactive species are important both from a fundamental point of view but as also in understanding the formation of

the chemical elements through explosive nucleosynthesis in supernova. The same experimental techniques used in this research can also be applied to measurements of levels of radiation in the human environment, including measurements of radiation releases following nuclear power incidents such as Chernobyl and Fukushima.

20th February 2013

Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre
Cardiff University