deBoer invited to join Consultancy Meeting at IAEA

Author: Janet Weikel

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Dr. James deBoer, Associate Research Professor from the Department of Physics and Astronomy, presented new experimental results and evaluation work at a consultancy meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at the Vienna International Center. One of the group’s main objectives is to obtain an improved understanding of the reactions that are used by physics and engineers all over the world to design next generation nuclear energy facilities.

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Wiescher gives an invited talk on his latest book in Vienna

Author: Janet Weikel

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Michael Wiescher, the Frank M. Freimann Professor of Physics, presented the German edition of the biography he published on Arthur E. Haas at a symposium organized by the Erwin Schrödinger Institute (ESI) of the University of Vienna. Haas was an Austrian theoretical physicist of Jewish descent who came to University of Notre Dame in 1936 with the recommendation of Albert Einstein.

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The Exotic Beam Summer School at the University of Notre Dame

Author: Janet Weikel

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From June 6 to 10, 2022 the Exotic Beam Summer School (EBSS) attracted 40 graduate students and a post doc from around the country as well as internationally to the University of Notre Dame. This 19th edition of the school, one of the most valued in the low-energy nuclear physics community, was the first after a three years’ hiatus due to the pandemic. Needless to say the students were excited to participate in the series of hands-on activities offered in the afternoon (a unique feature of the EBSS), the morning lectures, as well as the evening social activities.

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Bardayan and colleagues lead experiential student learning trip to Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories

Author: Janet Weikel

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As part of the Notre Dame International Security Center (NDISC), Profs. Mike Desch, Dan Lindley, and Dan Bardayan lead annual Spring Break student trips to visit sites of National Security Interest.  NDISC seeks to educate exceptional undergraduate students in the area of international security, broadly defined.  This purpose of the trip is twofold: 1) To expose students to the history of the nuclear age through direct immersion in one of the central foci of the development of U.S. nuclear weapons  2) To expose students to the state-of-the-art facilities and capabilities that exist at national defense related sites.

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Orlando Olivas-Gomez and August Gula receive 2022 Browne Award

Author: Janet Weikel

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The 2022 Cornelius P. Browne Memorial Award in Nuclear Physics is shared between two graduate students. Orlando Olivas-Gomez was recognized for his work on searching for branching points in the p-process nucleosynthesis path, and August Gula for the measurements of nuclear reaction processes of interest for first stellar burning.…

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Adam Clark receives 2022 Lamm Award

Author: Janet Weikel

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Adam Clark received the 2022 Larry O. Lamm Memorial Award in Nuclear Physics. The award is given annually to the student that was deemed to have provided the most outstanding service and dedication to the Nuclear Science Laboratory. The award recognizes Adam’s work and dedication to the maintenance and operations of the SNICS source and the FN accelerator.…

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Notre Dame researchers unlock clues to the production of isotopes in supernovae

Author: Janet Weikel

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The elements that make up our world were produced in various astrophysical environments. Some are produced in the cores of stars and some in violent cataclysmic explosions such as supernovae. Notre Dame researchers have now unlocked a key piece of a puzzle in understanding how some rare-earth nuclei, such as Mo and Ru, are produced in the cosmos. Among supernovae researchers, there has been a long-standing debate on whether the production of elements heavier than Cu is terminated by what is called the Ni-Cu cycle. This new experimental result hints that this is not actually the case, as it found that the (p,α) reaction that produces the isotope 56

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Wiescher publishes biography "Arthur E. Haas – The Hidden Pioneer of Quantum Mechanics"

Author: Janet Weikel

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Michael Wiescher, Freimann Professor of Physics published the biography “Arthur E. Haas – The Hidden Pioneer of Quantum Mechanics” at Springer. A German version is being published by the LIT Verlag in Vienna. Arthur E. Haas came to ND as a professor of physics in 1936 on the recommendation of Albert Einstein. At the time, he was a well known theoretical physicist who escaped from the growing dangers of fascism in Austria/Germany to the United States to build a new life.

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Simon receives $500k infrastructure grant from DOE Nuclear Energy University Program

Author: Janet Weikel

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Prof. Anna Simon will lead a project to develop a neutron irradiation station (NIS) at the Nuclear Science Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame. NIS will utilize a high-intensity proton beam from the 5U accelerator to produce a flux of neutrons at energies up to a few MeV via nuclear reactions on low-Z targets. First of its kind in the U.S., NIS will deliver monoenergetic neutron beams with intensities of the order of 108

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CASPAR collaboration hibernates system

Author: Janet Weikel

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Over the last few years CASPAR has driven forward with its for researching experimental plan. Work has continued through a global pandemic and underground blasting of nearby cavities. Students and faculty have pressed hard to complete crucial experiments before having to pause for extensive nearby excavations. Currently CASPAR has now been mothballed, but still has much to do.

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Orlando Gomez receives the NSL’s Lamm Award

Author: Janet Weikel

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Orlando Gomez received the 2021 Larry O. Lamm Memorial Award in Nuclear Physics. The award is given annually to the student that was deemed to have provided the most outstanding service and dedication to the Nuclear Science Laboratory. The award recognizes Orlando’s continued efforts in sustaining and driving forward CASPAR experimental campaigns, making experimentation possible during the trying times of the COVID pandemic.…

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The HECTOR Detector completes successful 1-year data campaign at CASPAR

Author: Janet Weikel

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In January 2021, researchers at Sanford Underground Research Facility (Sanford Lab) returned a detector to the University of Notre Dame. The detector, which has been collecting data for most of 2020, is officially named the High EffiCiency TOtal absoRption spectrometer (HECTOR). During its residency at Sanford Lab in 2020, the HECTOR Detector helped researchers better understand how stars form elements. Click HERE

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Reducing nuclear reaction background uncertainties in large mass neutrino detectors

Author: Janet Weikel

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Dr. James deBoer (UND) and Dr. Michael Febbraro (ORNL) have recently lead a research initiative to make new measurements of the 13C(a,n)16O reaction at energies relevant for background simulations for large volume neutrino experiments. These new measurements were made possible by pairing the Notre Dame Nuclear Science Laboratory’s new high current Sta. ANA accelerator with state-of-the-art deuterated liquid scintillation detectors recently developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

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HECTOR ready for experiments at CASPAR

Author: Janet Weikel

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Last week a team from Notre Dame, Dan Robertson and Orlando Gomez, were at the Sanford Underground Research Facility working 4850 feet underground to install HECTOR, Notre Dame’s high-efficiency, gamma-ray summing detector. The combined setup, called CASTOR, is now ready and soon be measuring alpha-capture reactions relevant for a wide and varied range of stellar burning scenarios.

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Synopsis: Gold Nucleus is Wobbly

Author: Janet Weikel

The article below was published on February 5, 2020 on APS Physics website, written by Marric Stephens.

Synopsis: Gold Nucleus is Wobbly
A rare kind of nuclear spinning motion has been detected in an isotope of gold.

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Planets, footballs, and even some large molecules have something in common: they rotate as rigid, classical bodies. Atomic nuclei are another matter, in that quantum mechanics allows strange new modes of motion. In experiments involving a short-lived isotope of gold, 187

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Clark awarded as the first recipient of the NSL’s Applied Nuclear Fellowship

Author: Janet Weikel

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Adam Clark has been awarded as the first recipient of the NSL’s Applied Nuclear Fellowship (funded by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission). This fellowship was created in 2019 for the purpose of training students in applied nuclear physics and is awarded to senior graduate students who exhibit a clear interest in applied research with broad applications.

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