Associate Professor of Physics
Ph.D., 2012 - Western Michigan University
Louisiana State University
Department of Physics & Astronomy
224 Nicholson Hall, Tower Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-4001
I'm an experimental nuclear physicist who is interested the structure and decay properties of unstable atomic nuclei. To study some of the most exotic isotopes that exist in nature requires experiments using accelerated beams of radioactive ions and a variety of detection techniques. I primarily utilize nucleon transfer reactions in efforts to better understand how the strong interaction defines nuclear structure.
I am also interested in research to investigate the structure and beta-decay properties of very neutron-rich nuclei. In addition to nuclear energy and nonproliferation applications, many of these nuclei play a key role in the formation of the heavy elements in stellar environments during the astrophysical rapid neutron-capture process ("r-process").
My experimental research includes transfer reaction studies using the Helical Orbit Spectrometer (HELIOS) with radioactive beams from theArgonne Tandem Linear Accelerator System at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) as well as stable beam experiments at the Institute for Structure and Nuclear Astrophysics at the University of Notre Dame. I am a part of a collaboration which performs decay spectroscopy of neutron-rich fission fragments at the Californium Rare Isotope Breeder Upgrade (CARIBU) facility at ANL.
Current and Select Publications
S. Bedoor, et al, “Structure of 14B and the Evolution of N=9 Single-Neutron Isotones” Phys. Rev. C 88, 011304 (2014).
N. Kinoshita, et al, “A Shorter 146Sm Half-Life Measured and Implications for 146Sm-142Nd Chronology in the Solar System”, Science 335 (6076), 1614-1617 (2012).
B. B. Back et al, "First Experiment with HELIOS: The Structure of 13B", Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 132501 (2010).
A.H. Wuosmaa, et al, “Structure of 7He by Proton Removal from 8Li with the (d,3He) Reaction”, Phys. Rev. C 78, 041302 (2008).