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Nuclear scientists vote magnesium-36 on the Island (of Inversion)

Far from the neighborhoods frequented by everyday elements lay a nuclear region where Alice-in-Wonderland norms rule. A recent experiment performed at NSCL confirms magnesium-36 to be a denizen of this strange place...

New tool to measure speeding nuclei is a fast-beam first

An international collaboration at NSCL has demonstrated a new technique for studying particles traveling at one-third the speed of light. The result, which will be published in Physical Review Letters, opens...

Reconfiguration readies NSCL for world-class research

NSCL is nearing the halfway point of a major reconfiguration of its experimental area, the laboratory's largest construction project in nearly a decade. The $2.7 million facility enhancement, in direct response to...

Postdoc honored at Tokyo conference

Jorge Pereira, a Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics (JINA) postdoc whose research focuses on one of the most enigmatic nuclear processes in the cosmos, has received a prestigious Young Scientist Award sponsored...

Transition strength calculation accounts for complexity of quantum mechanics

NSCL researchers have performed a precise calculation about low-energy transition strengths, a fundamental property of atomic nuclei. Their result, published in Physical Letters B, takes advantage of high performance...

Rare isotope science may get a boost from design for new radiation-resistant magnet

With research facilities around the world investing in their capabilities to create never-before-seen nuclei, next-generation nuclear science promises to be a golden age of rare isotope research. Yet getting from...

Two-stage fragment separator may help find new, neutron-rich isotopes

Pushing the bounds of nuclear theory means producing and then measuring never-before-observed rare isotopes. One of the many experimental challenges is plucking the few desired particles from the enormous number of...

Researchers produce heaviest silicon isotope yet

An NSCL team has produced the heaviest silicon isotope ever observed. In a recent experiment, silicon-44 ions traveling at approximately half the speed of light (330 million miles per hour) were separated out from...

Hotter than expected neutron star surfaces help explain superburst frequency

A new theoretical thermometer built from heavy-duty mathematics and computer code suggests that the surfaces of certain neutron stars run significantly hotter than previously expected. Hot enough, in fact, to at...

Filomena Nunes earns Elsevier Foundation award

Filomena Nunes, NSCL assistant professor, has received a 2007 Elsevier Foundation award for...