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Nuclear and particle physics

The study of atomic nuclei is by now a very active and developed field, with both fundamental and technological implications. Its more fundamental spin-off, particle physics, while constantly refining the impressive building of the Standard Model, is trying to come to grips with mysteries like dark matter or neutrino masses. Within this page, we will highlight our latest most interesting papers within these areas.

Featured articles

The influence of contaminants is one of the factors hindering self-sustained thermonuclear burn in inertial confinement fusion. Here, the authors present evidence, through simulations and experiments, that contaminants do not fully reach thermal equilibrium, and thus their amount is usually underestimated.

Article | Open Access | | Nature Communications

Studying nuclear reactions in an astrophysical plasma environment is challenging but laboratory experiments can mimic such extreme conditions. Here the authors discuss the potential use of intense laser-produced dense plasma to find the rates of nuclear reactions in plasma-screened conditions.

Article | Open Access | | Nature Communications

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.

Article | Open Access | | Nature Communications

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.

Article | Open Access | | Nature Communications