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Nuclear Physics

The aim of our research is to study the structure of exotic nuclei whose proton and neutron numbers are very different to those found in stable nuclei, and to study nuclei with extremely high angular momentum. In this way valuable information can be gathered on the description of the atomic nucleus using many-body quantum theory. Our knowledge on this theory is mainly obtained from nuclei close to the line of stability and extrapolations into the unknown regions of the nuclear chart often fail, partly due to the wrong choice of parameters, and partly for more fundamental reasons. Usually this research is carried out in collaboration with physicists from other UK universities and from Europe and/or North America, with most of the Group's activities being pursued at overseas laboratories, especially in France, Finland, Germany and Switzerland. The research is underpinned by the investigations carried out by students as part of their PhD under the guidance of their supervisor. The Group has always benefited from wide and very fruitful international collaborations.

Nuclear Medical Imaging

Advances in the sensitivity, speed, position and energy resolution of photon detectors have the potential to greatly improve various aspects of imaging in medicine and other fields. Liverpool physicists have teamed up with experts from the Daresbury Laboratory and the University's Medical Imaging Department to ensure that the sensors used and developed by the Nuclear and Particle Physics groups find application in medicine. We are particularly interested in improving the quality of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) images and the x-ray images used in screening for breast cancer.

Group photograph and recent Nuclear Physics news items.

We can be found on the University Campus Map in building number 208.

If you are interested in research opportunities in our research group please contact Dr David Joss.

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