Nuclear physics

Nuclear physics is the study of the protons and neutrons at the centre of an atom and the interactions that hold them together in a space just a few femtometres (10-15 metres) across. Example nuclear reactions include radioactive decay, fission, the break-up of a nucleus, and fusion, the merging of nuclei.

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  • Research | | open

    Octupole deformation in nuclei is important to understand nuclear structure and electric dipole moments of heavy atoms. Here the authors measure energies of excited quantum states in radon isotopes and find that these isotopes do not provide favourable conditions in the search for CP-violation.

    • P. A. Butler
    • , L. P. Gaffney
    • , P. Spagnoletti
    • , J. Konki
    • , M. Scheck
    • , J. F. Smith
    • , K. Abrahams
    • , M. Bowry
    • , J. Cederkäll
    • , T. Chupp
    • , G. de Angelis
    • , H. De Witte
    • , P. E. Garrett
    • , A. Goldkuhle
    • , C. Henrich
    • , A. Illana
    • , K. Johnston
    • , D. T. Joss
    • , J. M. Keatings
    • , N. A. Kelly
    • , M. Komorowska
    • , T. Kröll
    • , M. Lozano
    • , B. S. Nara Singh
    • , D. O’Donnell
    • , J. Ojala
    • , R. D. Page
    • , L. G. Pedersen
    • , C. Raison
    • , P. Reiter
    • , J. A. Rodriguez
    • , D. Rosiak
    • , S. Rothe
    • , T. M. Shneidman
    • , B. Siebeck
    • , M. Seidlitz
    • , J. Sinclair
    • , M. Stryjczyk
    • , P. Van Duppen
    • , S. Vinals
    • , V. Virtanen
    • , N. Warr
    • , K. Wrzosek-Lipska
    •  & M. Zielinska
  • Reviews |

    Three years of investigation by a multi-disciplinary team into claims of ‘cold fusion’ found no evidence that the phenomenon exists, but identified a parameter space potentially worthy of further exploration.

    • Curtis P. Berlinguette
    • , Yet-Ming Chiang
    • , Jeremy N. Munday
    • , Thomas Schenkel
    • , David K. Fork
    • , Ross Koningstein
    •  & Matthew D. Trevithick
    Nature 570, 45-51
  • Research | | open

    Symmetry breaking is an important process in fundamental understanding of matter and dark matter. Here the authors discuss an experimental bound on an exotic parity odd spin- and velocity-dependent interaction between electron and nucleon by using a sensitive spin-exchange relaxation-free atomic magnetometer.

    • Young Jin Kim
    • , Ping-Han Chu
    • , Igor Savukov
    •  & Shaun Newman
  • Research |

    A rare type of supernova—triggered by the collapse of a rapidly rotating single star—could have provided more than 80 per cent of the r-process elements in the Universe.

    • Daniel M. Siegel
    • , Jennifer Barnes
    •  & Brian D. Metzger
    Nature 569, 241-244
  • Research |

    A spectroscopic study of 78Ni confirms its doubly magic nature and reveals it as a stronghold beyond which the magic numbers 28 and 50 break down because of competing deformation.

    • R. Taniuchi
    • , C. Santamaria
    • , P. Doornenbal
    • , A. Obertelli
    • , K. Yoneda
    • , G. Authelet
    • , H. Baba
    • , D. Calvet
    • , F. Château
    • , A. Corsi
    • , A. Delbart
    • , J.-M. Gheller
    • , A. Gillibert
    • , J. D. Holt
    • , T. Isobe
    • , V. Lapoux
    • , M. Matsushita
    • , J. Menéndez
    • , S. Momiyama
    • , T. Motobayashi
    • , M. Niikura
    • , F. Nowacki
    • , K. Ogata
    • , H. Otsu
    • , T. Otsuka
    • , C. Péron
    • , S. Péru
    • , A. Peyaud
    • , E. C. Pollacco
    • , A. Poves
    • , J.-Y. Roussé
    • , H. Sakurai
    • , A. Schwenk
    • , Y. Shiga
    • , J. Simonis
    • , S. R. Stroberg
    • , S. Takeuchi
    • , Y. Tsunoda
    • , T. Uesaka
    • , H. Wang
    • , F. Browne
    • , L. X. Chung
    • , Z. Dombradi
    • , S. Franchoo
    • , F. Giacoppo
    • , A. Gottardo
    • , K. Hadyńska-Klęk
    • , Z. Korkulu
    • , S. Koyama
    • , Y. Kubota
    • , J. Lee
    • , M. Lettmann
    • , C. Louchart
    • , R. Lozeva
    • , K. Matsui
    • , T. Miyazaki
    • , S. Nishimura
    • , L. Olivier
    • , S. Ota
    • , Z. Patel
    • , E. Şahin
    • , C. Shand
    • , P.-A. Söderström
    • , I. Stefan
    • , D. Steppenbeck
    • , T. Sumikama
    • , D. Suzuki
    • , Z. Vajta
    • , V. Werner
    • , J. Wu
    •  & Z. Y. Xu
    Nature 569, 53-58
  • Research | | open

    • Daniel Haffa
    • , Rong Yang
    • , Jianhui Bin
    • , Sebastian Lehrack
    • , Florian-Emanuel Brack
    • , Hao Ding
    • , Franz S. Englbrecht
    • , Ying Gao
    • , Johannes Gebhard
    • , Max Gilljohann
    • , Johannes Götzfried
    • , Jens Hartmann
    • , Sebastian Herr
    • , Peter Hilz
    • , Stephan D. Kraft
    • , Christian Kreuzer
    • , Florian Kroll
    • , Florian H. Lindner
    • , Josefine Metzkes-Ng
    • , Tobias M. Ostermayr
    • , Enrico Ridente
    • , Thomas F. Rösch
    • , Gregor Schilling
    • , Hans-Peter Schlenvoigt
    • , Martin Speicher
    • , Derya Taray
    • , Matthias Würl
    • , Karl Zeil
    • , Ulrich Schramm
    • , Stefan Karsch
    • , Katia Parodi
    • , Paul R. Bolton
    • , Walter Assmann
    •  & Jörg Schreiber

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