Nuclear & Radiochemistry

Nuclear chemistry is aimed at answering the following basic science questions: Why are some nuclei stable and others not? What are the limits of nuclear stability in terms of mass, charge to mass, angular momentum and excitation energy and how nuclei decay at the limits of stability? Why are some nuclei deformed and other not? How are nuclei synthesized in the early universe and in stellar environments? How does the density of states of the nuclear system evolve with excitation energy and angular momentum? Or in general, how can, or should, one describe the thermodynamics of small quantum systems? What is the Equation of State (EoS) of nuclear matter (the material that comprises greater than 99% of the (non-dark) matter of the universe)?

Areas of Focus

Nuclear stability • Structure and reactions between nuclei • The nuclear many-body problem • Development of advanced detectors and electronics for the detection of ionizing radiation • Radiation therapy and medical imaging

Affiliated Faculty

Robert Charity
Nuclear structure including correlation between nucleons in nuclei and the structure of nuclei with extreme rations of protons to neutrons. Reactions between  nuclei, nuclear spin alignment, decay of highly excited nuclei. 

Demetrios Sarantites
Nuclear Chemistry

Lee Sobotka
Nuclear stability, structure and reactions between nuclei, the nuclear many-body problem, development of advanced detectors and electronics for the detection of ionizing radiation, radiation therapy and medical imaging.