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Monte Carlo Shell Model Calculations for Heavy Exotic Nuclei Leuven Belgium,  

Posted on : 24 June 2017

Project Description

ProjectThe study of exotic nuclei is important to enlighten the properties of the strong and weak interaction at work in the nuclear medium. Because of their unusual number of protons to number of neutrons ratio, studies of the nuclear properties of exotic nuclei are ideal to emphasize hidden aspects of these interactions. New experimental data are being obtained from various radioactive beam facilities in Europe, Asia and North America. These data need to be confronted with results from state-of-the-art nuclear models to enhance our understanding and trigger further model developments. This project deals with very recent developments in Monte Carlo Shell Model calculations, undertaken by the university of Tokyo group, and successfully applied to the mid-mass region. These calculations will be extended to the heavy mass region in order to study phenomena like shape coexistence and, possibly, fission from a truly microscopic perspective. This could lead to an in-depth understanding of the structure of the heaviest elements of Mendelejev's table. This novel approach complements the well established density functional based calculations currently used to describe the heavy element region.The initial training period in Monte Carlo Shell Model methods will take place at the university of Tokyo (6 to 12 months) and will involve calculations in the medium mass region of interest to the KU Leuven experimental groups. Further work will be performed at KU Leuven in close collaboration with the university of Tokyo nuclear theory group. Next to the theoretical work, the PhD student will also follow closely relevant experimental campaigns for his/her PhD project.ProfileYou have a Master degree in Physics with a background in theoretical physics.OfferWe offer a full-time PhD grant for a period of 4 years following the regulations of the Arenberg Doctoral School.


3000 Leuven Belgium

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