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The Importance of Nuclear Structure: From Natural Radioactivity to the Most Exotic Isotopes

Wednesday 4 February 2015, 2.00PM

Speaker(s): Professor Paddy Regan, MSc in Radiation and Environmental Protection Course Director and the Senior Phys Research Year Coordinator, University of Surrey

This talk will discuss recent experimental investigations into the internal structure and decay sequences of atomic nuclei that have rather different structures compared to “normal”, everyday matter found on earth. Creating and understanding these exotic, radioactive nuclei is important for fundamental physics ideas of interacting quantum systems and also relates to explanation of the synthesis of chemical elements following explosive supernovae. The experimental techniques outlined in this talk have wide ranging applications which include measurements and evaluation of radiation levels in the human environment – for example after infamous nuclear ‘incidents’ such as Chernobyl and Fukushima and also helping scientists to age geological samples.

Location: P/X/001 Physics/Electronics Lecture Theatre

Admission: Free