Nuclear and Radiation Physics
The Nuclear Structure Research Group (NSRG) was founded in 1990, based on a collaboration that started at iThemba LABS (iTL), by Prof John Carter with an interest in studying Nuclear Giant Resonance excitation and decay. At the start, the K600 Magnetic Spectrometer at iThemba LABS had only one focal-plane detector covering a limited one-third of the length of the focal plane, a far cry from what is now available on the K600.
Research areas include:
- Nuclear Structure: Light-ion induced medium-energy reactions with investigations ranging from nuclear structure, nuclear reactions, nuclear cluster and nuclear astrophysics using K600 Magnetic Spectrometer at iThemba LABS SSC, Cape Town and TANDEM Accelerator iThemba LABS Gauteng. Funding through NRF, South Africa – Joint Institute of Nuclear Research (SA-JINR) Russia, and DFG Germany.
- Applied Nuclear Physics: Environmental Radiation in collaboration with Centre for Nuclear Safety and Security (CNSS) at NNR, Nuclear Forensics, Medical Physics and Nuclear Medicine.
- Reactor Physics: Reactor Safety Analysis using MCNP and SCALE-VI in collaboration with Necsa RRT department, Nuclear Material Research using SAFARI-1 Reactor Neutron Activation Analysis (NAA) at Necsa, and Power Reactor Accidental Consequence Analysis with CNSS at NNR.
- Development of efficient and accurate computational methods for analysis of experimental data and theoretical modelling in nuclear structure physics.
Supervision of postgraduate students and their involvement in and contribution to the research programme are essential ingredients of these activities.
The Nuclear Structure Research Group received funding from the University Research Committee through Research Office recognized as a Programme until 2002 following which funding principally came from the NRF and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaf (DFG) Agreement.
From top, left to right: K600 Magnetic Spectrometer with Focal Plane Detector Package, GAMKA Coupled with K600, C-Line ∆E-E Gas Ionization Detector, TANDEM Accelerator.