Department of Astronomy & Physics
At the annual Applied Science event held at Saint Mary's University, graduate student, Patrick Fortier, was awarded first prize for his poster, "Investigating Exotic Nuclei Through Transfer Reactions at IRIS."
Patrick is working with Professor Kanungo on an experiment to study weakly bound nuclei, specifically lithium 11, which is a halo nuclei (one neutron in orbit about a core of 3 protons and 7 neutrons). His work takes him to the TRIUMF cyclotron where he is currently testing the ionization chamber, a component of the detector for light and heavy exotic nuclei.
The theoretically predicted kinematics (energy versus scattering angle) will eventually be compared with the results of their experiments.