Nuclear reactions & astrophysics

Nuclear reactions are the main way to access all nuclear systems in an attempt to study their roperties. Regardless if we are searching for the nuclear stucture or study the evolution of a reaction network in a systematic fashion, reactions stand at the center of our investigations.

Nuclear reaction studies provide critical information on astrophysics-related issues. The combined field, Nuclear Astrophysics has attracted lots of attention in the recent years, developing a new scientific filed within Nuclear Physics. Main questions posed by nuclear astrophysics are the understanding of the creation and destruction of stars and galaxies, the fuel “burning” network at the center of stars and cosmological questions approached by questions on nuclear reaction occurring in these systems.

On the other hand, spin polarization properties or the optical potential in projectile-target systems, as well as the role of isospin in extreme nuclear conditions are investigated in nuclear reactions, both experimentally and theoretically.

Recent examples of such activities are the investigation of spin polarization at mirror nuclei, the nuclear structure with (p,γ) and (p,p’γ) reactions and the application of nuclear reactions (e.g. RBS spectrometry etc).

Associate Professor | Department of Physics | University of Athens

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