Physical, Theoretical & Computational

Science with Beams of Radioactive Isotopes (#340)

SCIENCE WITH BEAMS of RADIOACTIVE ISOTOPES

All of the elements that make up the periodic chart have been created from nuclear reactions. Many of the stable nuclei in the universe are daughters of unstable isotopes, and their true origin lies in the stellar reactions of these radioactive isotopes.
Thus understanding the properties of nuclei far from the valley of stability may provide the key to our knowledge of the origin of universe.
In the past decade, with the availability of secondary beams, there has been an explosion of knowledge gained from research on exotic nuclei. One result is the expansion of the nuclei chart from the creation of many new nuclei with radioactive beam and, more recently, from production of fission fragments with relativistic Uranium beam. The unique properties of some of these new nuclei are currently being explored for use in material and medical research.
Last update: Dec 28, 2015