Nuclear astrophysics and fundamental symmetries via beta decay at NSCL

Chris Wrede (Michigan State/NSCL)
Event Date and Time: 
Fri, 2014-12-12 11:00 - 12:00
TRIUMF Conference Room
Local Contact: 
Iris Dillman

An experimental program to measure the beta-delayed radiations of proton-rich nuclides is in progress at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory on the campus of Michigan State University (MSU). Arrays of germanium detectors are used to measure beta-delayed gamma rays and a micro pattern gas amplifier detector is being developed to measure low energy beta-delayed protons. These measurements provide experimental data that is needed to model energy generation, explosive nucleosynthesis, and their associated observables in classical novae and type I x-ray bursts. In many cases, the acquired data can also be used to contribute to precision tests of fundamental subatomic symmetries. In the future, this program will take advantage of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, currently under construction on the MSU campus.

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