Recent advances in nuclear physics through on-line isotope separation


Nuclear physics is advancing rapidly at the precision frontier, where measurements of nuclear observables are challenging state-of-the-art nuclear models. A major contribution is associated with the increasing availability of accelerated beams of radioactive ions produced using the isotope separation on-line technique. These advances have come hand in hand with significant progress in the development of high-efficiency detector systems and improved target technologies which are invaluable in exploiting these beams to their full advantage. This article reviews some of the recent highlights in the field of nuclear structure profiting from these technological advances.

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Figure 1: Schematic of the technique of Coulomb excitation applied to determination of nuclear shape.
Figure 2: Schematic of a single-particle transfer reaction (specifically a (d,p) reaction) in inverse kinematics with radioactive beam.


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Discussions with L. Gaffney are gratefully acknowledged. E. Power is thanked for producing the figures. P. Davies, D. Gilks, J. Henderson and D. Montanari are thanked for their careful reading of the manuscript. W. Power is thanked for her advice on formatting the text for a non-specialist reader.

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Jenkins, D. Recent advances in nuclear physics through on-line isotope separation. Nature Phys 10, 909–913 (2014).

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