Nuclear Science Laboratory researchers publish article on the surface manipulation techniques of Roman denarii

Author: Shelly Goethals

Roman Coins

A team of researchers and undergraduate students at Nuclear Science Laboratory, Department of Physics at Notre Dame, published an article in the Applied Surface Science journal on the characterization of a set of Roman denarii, ranging from 136 BCE to 240 CE. The work presents results of macro, micro, and nanoscale surface characterization of coins using several different X-ray based spectroscopic and electron microscopy methods. This enabled the surface, the subsurface, and volume composition of these coins to be probed to better understand their production techniques, surface treatment methods, and corrosion patterns. The results also provide evidence that a particular surface treatment method, amalgam silvering, had been used to make authentic Roman coins as early as the third century CE.…

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Bardayan and Couder lecture at the 2019 Exotic Beam Summer School at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Author: Shelly Goethals

Oak Ridge

Physics professors Dan Bardayan and Manoel Couder were lecturers at the 2019 Exotic Beam Summer School, which took place on the campus of Oak Ridge National Laboratory from June 24-29, 2019. The aim of this annual school is to introduce students and young researchers to the various facets of the science of exotic nuclei including nuclear structure, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, and the application of nuclear science and technology. Bardayan lectured on “Nuclear Astrophysics Experiments”, and Couder lectured on “Beam Optics”. Both are researchers in the nuclear science laboratory in the Department of Physics.…

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Aprahamian serves on jury of international youth conference

Author: Shelly Goethals

Aprahamian Jinr Jury Review For Web

Freimann Professor Ani Aprahamian served as a juror at a regular regional stage of the international youth conference “Falling Walls Lab” that was held in the JINR Visit Centre, Dubna, Russia. The project was launched in Germany and was called in memory of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Its aim is to provide international communication, an opportunity for the youth to present their ideas, scientific concepts, or to propose brand-new ways of solving problems in all spheres of human activities. A presentation should not exceed the time limit of three minutes and should consist of three slides. Winners of regional stages are given a chance to present their projects to the international jury in Berlin.…

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2019 Graduate Research and Dissertation Award

Author: Shelly Goethals

Hall Matthewphd Oct18 For Web

Each year the Department of Physics recognizes the outstanding research and dissertation of a PhD graduate. This year the recipient is Matthew Hall. His thesis title was “Identifying Long-Sought 18F(p,α)15O Resonances Affecting ɣ–Ray Emission from 18

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Aprahamian gives opening talk at r-process workshop

Author: Shelly Goethals

Frank Timmes Rprocess Logo

Freimann Professor of Physics Ani Aprahamian was the opening speaker of the workshop on “r-process Sources in the Universe” at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ held March 27-30, 2019. Professor Aprahamian talked on “Nuclear Physics Experiments and the Neutron Star Merger”. The workshop was organized by Frank Timmes of ASU  and Mohammad Safarzadeh of Harvard University and was supported by JINA

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Ahn co-organizes Nuclear Physics for the Next Generation conference in London

Author: Shelly Goethals

Ahn London Conf Group

The first conference on Nuclear Physics for the Next Generation (NPNG 2018) was held at the Notre Dame International Gateway in London, U.K. from September 25-27. Thirty-nine early-career nuclear physicists participated in this invitation-only meeting to envision the future of nuclear physics, form new collaborations, and support each other at the early-career stage. The meeting also facilitated closer connection between the North American and European nuclear physics communities, and the London International Gateway was an ideal location for the meeting.…

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Reingold spends summer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Author: Shelly Goethals

Reingold Cropped

Craig Reingold, fourth-year graduate student in the Nuclear Science Laboratory working with the group of Prof. Anna Simon, spent ten weeks in summer 2018 at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He joined the Academic Cooperation Program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory which hosts up to 800 undergraduate and graduate students each year. The program is designed to encourage external collaborations with LLNL

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Aprahamian speaks at TRIUMF Science Week

Author: Shelly Goethals

Aprahamian Dec 2014 Photo

Professor Ani Aprahamian, the Frank M. Freimann Professor of Physics, was invited to TRIUMF Science Week in Vancouver, Canada in July 2018. TRIUMF, the national laboratory of Canada for particle and nuclear physics and accelerator-based science, is celebrating its 50th

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Notre Dame physics well-represented at DNP 2017

Author: Shelly Goethals

Notre Dame Physics was well-represented at the DNP 2017, which is the fall meeting of the Division of Nuclear Physics of the American Physical Society. Many physics majors, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty members attended, as did multiple 2017 ND-REU participants from other universities. Prof. Anna Simon and Dr. Patrick O’Malley, postdoctoral research associate, acted as session chairs. Just a few of the attendees are pictured here.…

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Nuclear graduate students receive Kaneb Center awards

Author: Shelly Goethals

Nuclear graduate students Samuel Henderson and Craig Reingold are the receipents of the 2017 Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award. This award was created in 1999 to recognize graduate student instructors and TAs who demonstrate commitment to exceptional teaching in lectures, seminars, labs, and across the academic profession.

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Graduate student Kevin Howard awarded JSPS Summer 2017 Fellowship

Author: Shelly Goethals

Kevin Howard

Physics graduate student Kevin Howard has been awarded a fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). This summer Mr. Howard will be working with Prof. Shinsuke Ota at the Center for Nuclear Study at the University of Tokyo, and Dr. Tomohiro Uesaka, a Chief Scientist at the Spin Isospin Laboratory at the RIKEN

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Passing of John W. Mihelich

Author: Shelly Goethals

Mihelich John

John Mihelich, Professor Emeritus of Physics, has passed away in Fort Collins, Colorado, on March 10. John was a long-time member of our faculty and our nuclear physics group, joining Notre Dame in 1954 from Brookhaven. While here, he gained a national reputation in gamma-ray spectroscopy, training in his lab many of the later leaders in the field. He and his wife, Jan, raised three children in South Bend, spending their free time in travel, camping, and classical music. John retired in 1989, and he and Jan eventually moved to Fort Collins. …

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