Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Physics Division

Physics Division Seminars

Physics Division Seminars bring us speakers on a variety of physics related subjects. Usually these are held in the Building 6008 large Conference Room, at 3:00 pm on the chosen day, but times and locations may vary. For more information, contact our seminar chairman,

Alfredo Galindo-Uribarri
Tel (Office): (865) 574-6124  (FAX): (865) 574-1268


Tue., November 06, 2007, at 11:00 a.m. (refreshments at 10:40 a.m.)

Laser Trapping and Probing of Exotic Helium Isotopes

Zheng-Tian Lu, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL, and Enrico Fermi Institute, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Building 6008 Conference Room

We have succeeded in laser trapping and cooling of the exotic helium isotopes, both 6He (t1/2 = 0.8 sec) and 8He (t1/2 = 0.1 sec), and have performed precision laser spectroscopy on individual trapped atoms. Based on the atomic isotope shifts measured along the isotope chain 3He 4He 6He 8He, and on the precise theory of the atomic structure of helium, the nuclear charge radii of 6He and 8He are determined for the first time in a method independent of nuclear models. The results are compared with the values predicted by a number of nuclear structure calculations and test their ability to characterize these neutron rich, loosely bound halo nuclei. The 6He measurement was performed at ATLAS of Argonne, and the 8He measurement at GANIL, France.