First FAIR experiments on halo nuclei at relativistic energies


  • Call:

    IDPASC Portugal - PHD Programme 2019

  • Academic Year:

    2019 / 2020

  • Domain:

    Experimental Particle Physics

  • Supervisor:

    Daniel Galaviz Redondo

  • Co-Supervisor:

  • Institution:

    Faculdade de Ciências - Universidade de Lisboa

  • Host Institution:

    Laboratório de Instrumentação e Física Experimental de Partículas

  • Abstract:

    The Facility for Antiprotons and Ion Research (FAIR) will be a major upgrade of the current accelerator of the GSI Helmholtzzentrum fuer Schwerionenforschung GmbH at Darmstadt, Germany. FAIR will be a unique facility worldwide with an ability to produce antiprotons, ions and energies for heavier nuclei using exotic ion beams up to uranium with unprecedented intensity and quality. Within FAIR, the high energy branch of the NUSTAR collaboration using the experimental setup of the Reactions with Relativistic Radioactive Beams (R3B), will study reactions with exotic nuclei far off the stability focusing on nuclear structure and dynamics, and performing reaction studies that will elucidate unanswered questions in nuclear physics and nuclear astrophysics. The first phase of experiments at FAIR, called Day-Zero, has recently started, with the benchmark of the newly developed detectors systems performed recently. For this Day-Zero campaign, the experimental proposal S442 (Study of multi-neutron configurations in atomic nuclei towards the neutron drip line. Spokesperson: O. Sorlin, GANIL) will explore the structure of very neutron rich carbon isotopes through reactions within a liquid hydrogen target at relativistic energies. The experiment allows as well for a precise study of neutron knock-out reactions on halo nuclei like 17C or 14B. The candidate for this PhD program will participate in the preparation, execution and analysis of (p,pn) and (p,2p) reactions on the halo nuclei 17C and 14B, joining an international collaboration and being involved in one of the first experiments performed in the facility that will be at the forefront of rare isotope physics in Europe in the next decades.