Notre Dame team recognized for part in award winning research

Author: Janet Weikel

Joule Award

The National Nuclear Security Administration's Office of International Nuclear Safeguards presented this year's Joule Award "in recognition of outstanding contributions made for transferring: 19F(α,n) Na Cross Section for Uranium Enrichment to international partners." The Versatile Array of Neutron Detectors at Low Energy, also known as VANDLE, array of plastic scintillators, developed with Stewardship Science Academic Alliances funds, was critical to the success of this project.

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Opening ceremony for CASPAR takes place at SURF

Author: Janet Weikel

Caspar Ribbon Cutting Original

The Compact Accelerator System for Performing Astrophysical Research (CASPAR) recently reached a huge milestone with the delivery of first beam to target. This marks a significant step in the creation and operation of the first U.S. deep underground accelerator laboratory.

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Physics Graduate Students Perform Demo for ND Day's Live Broadcast

Author: Janet Weikel

Nddaydemo

Three graduate students (Adam Clark, Austin Nelson, and Craig Reingold) of ISNAP participated in this year’s Notre Dame Day live broadcast on April 23rd to gain votes for the Graduate Physics Society (GPS). During the broadcast, the students of the GPS performed a physics demo in which they used a sledgehammer to smash a cinder block on the chest of the broadcast host and Notre Dame alumni Vic Lombardi. This is a classic physics demonstration that illustrates the concepts pressure, inertia, and the conservation of energy.…

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Simon research recognized in the special edition of Journal of Physics G: Emerging Leaders

Author: Janet Weikel

Simon Anna

Professor Ann Simon's paper “Impact of the α optical model potential on the γ-process nucleosynthesis” investigates the impact of the nuclear properties on the γ-process nucleosynthesis. γ-process is a nucleosynthesis scenario responsible for production of proton-rich isotopes of heavy nuclei. Since the reaction network that describe the γ-process is based on model predictions of the rates of all the reactions involved (only in few cases these can be measured directly) understanding of the impact of the current models of the nuclear properties is important for constraining the predictions of the network calculations. In this work, the analysis focused on the α-optical model potential; future work will investigate impact of other parameters, e.g. γ-strength function.

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Notre Dame Nuclear Graduate Students Attend JINA-CEE Workshop in China

Author: Janet Weikel

Shanghai Peer

In December 2016, four graduate students from the NSL traveled to Shanghai, China to participate in the joint CNA/JINA-CEE Winter School on Nuclear Astrophysics. The focus of the school was to enhance international collaborations among young researchers from nuclear physics, astrophysics, and astronomical observations.

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Move of TwinSol Magnet

Author: Janet Weikel

TwinSol group adjusted the position of their second solenoid in order to provide improved radioactive beams to their new target location.

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Shamrock Series brings Notre Dame scientists to Alamo City

Author: Janet Weikel

Shamrockseries 70

On November 11, the Notre Dame College of Science hosted the “Let’s Have a Moment of Science” outreach event in San Antonio, as part of the Shamrock Series which attracted about 1,200 middle schools students from around the city. Twenty-four representatives from different STEM fields at Notre Dame performed educational demonstrations at the event.

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