- Conference date: 13-19 July 2003
- Location: Crete (Greece)
Exciting opportunities in the study of nuclei far from stability in both the neutron and proton rich side are opening with the recent availability of radioactive ion beams (RIBs) at energies above the Coulomb barrier at the Holifield Radioactive Ion Beam Facility (HRIBF). These RIBs provide a unique opportunity for a whole class of measurements that could never before be realized. A recent highlight has been the acceleration of “pure” beams of fission fragments such as 82 Ge (T1/2=4.6s) and 132Sn (T1/2=40s). These semi‐magic and doubly‐magic nuclei are important benchmarks within the chart of nuclides, because they are constraints for the shell‐model parameter sets. We are currently developing the required experimental tools and specialized techniques for studies in nuclear astrophysics, reaction spectroscopy, and nuclear structure research with RIBs. I will discuss some of the challenges encountered with examples from selected topical areas with which I have been involved.
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