February 27, 2015 at 11:37 am

Physicist Hosts Workshop on West Coast to Explore Exotic Nuclei

 By Jean Andrews
Physics & Astronomy

Dr. Charlotte Elster

Dr. Charlotte Elster

Dr. Charlotte Elster, Professor of Physics & Astronomy at Ohio University, is the organizer of “Reactions and Structure of Exotic Nuclei,” a two-week workshop being held March 2-13 at the Institute of Nuclear Theory in Seattle, Washington. Her co-organizers are Dr. W.H. Dickhoff of Washington University and Dr. I.J. Thompson from Livermore National Laboratory in California. Dr. Carl Brune, Professor of Physics and Dr. Vasily Eremenko, Postdoctoral Researcher, both from Ohio University, will also attend.

“The workshop allows theorists and experimentalists working on nuclear reactions and nuclear structure to gather at one place and lay out the challenges dealing with exotic nuclei and define paths to move the field forward,” Elster said.

The goal is to forge deeper links between nuclear reactions and nuclear structure theory. Researchers will explore, discuss and debate current state-of-the-art methods in understanding and describing nuclear structure and reactions as well as their inextricable links.

The workshop will address several key topics ranging from the systematics of single-particle properties along the isotopic chain to the role of scattering experiments in inverse kinematics.

“I’m excited because so many of our colleagues will be coming together to advance the nuclear theory we need to interpret the properties of exotic nuclei,” explained Elster. “This is especially important in the years ahead as researchers begin experiments at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, a national accelerator and experimental systems facility being built by the Department of Energy at Michigan State University.”

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