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


Thu., June 24, 2010, at 3:00 p.m. (refreshments at 2:40 p.m.)

Traveling beyond the neutron dripline with MoNA

Artemis Spyrou, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Building 6008 Conference Room

The study of the nuclear structure across the nuclear chart was recently proven to be much more exciting than originally thought. Although most stable nuclei are believed to be well understood, as we move further away from the valley of stability and toward the proton and neutron driplines the evolution of the nuclear shells reveals unexpected phenomena. New magic numbers and halo structures are just a few examples of the surprises that exotic nuclei have to show. The investigation of these phenomena is experimentally challenging, mainly due to the fact that the available beam rates are rather low. On top of that, getting close to the neutron dripline one has to deal with the fact that several excited (or even ground) states are neutron unbound. An experimental system suitable for the study of neutron-­unbound states is the MoNA/Sweeper setup, located at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory at Michigan State University. Recent results from measurements with the MoNA/Sweeper setup will be presented and the implications to the nuclear structure along the neutron dripline will be discussed.