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Rare isotopes unveil a new era in nuclear science
Speaker: Rituparna Kanungo, Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Canada
Abstract: Our Universe has a wide variety of visible matter that embody the beauty of nature’s strong force combining protons and neutrons into complex systems. While much has been understood about the stable nuclei, the short-lived nuclei approaching the limits of neutron and proton binding, called the rare isotopes, bring a wealth of new information. The presentation will outline how reactions with the rare isotope beams are allowing us to uncover the unknown properties of rare isotopes. This is leading to revelation of unconventional forms of nuclei such as, nuclear halo and skin, their exotic excitation phenomena, and fundamental changes of nuclear shells that break the bounds of our traditional knowledge. The new features in the rare isotopes challenge our understanding of the nuclear force bringing new insight. I will show how experimental observables of rare isotopes are exhibiting sensitivity to the variations from different prescriptions of the nuclear force. The discovery of unconventional features of the rare isotopes brings the guidance to build the true global model of nuclei that will lead to an understanding of the behavior of matter under extreme neutron-rich conditions in our Universe. An outlook will be presented on some future prospects.
Host: Jolie Cizewski