The map of nuclear deformation takes the form of a mountain landscape

IMAGE: Deformation landscape of the nickel-64 nucleus. Prolate, oblate local minima and main spherical minimum are indicated by red, green and blue ellipsoids, respectively. (Source: IFJ PAN) view more  Credit: Source: IFJ PAN Kraków, 30 December 2020 The map of nuclear deformation takes the form of a mountain landscape Until recently, scientists believed that only very […]

The map of nuclear deformation takes the form of a mountain landscape

by The Henryk Niewodniczanski Institute of Nuclear Physics Polish Academy of Sciences Deformation landscape of the nickel-64 nucleus. Prolate, oblate local minima and main spherical minimum are indicated by red, green and blue ellipsoids, respectively. (Source: IFJ PAN) Until recently, scientists believed that only very massive nuclei could have excited zero-spin states of increased stability […]

Righting a wrong, nuclear physicists improve precision of neutrino studies

At the University of Notre Dame, part of the Oak Ridge Deuterated Spectroscopic Array measured a reaction that causes noise in some neutrino detectors. Credit: Michael Febbraro/ORNL, U.S. Dept. of Energy Led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a new study clears up a discrepancy regarding the biggest contributor of unwanted background […]

Mama and baby bear shot to death aboard Russian nuclear submarine

A mother bear and her cub were shot and killed while trying to board a nuclear submarine in Russia, according to news reports. The sub was docked near the village of Rybachiy in Russia’s far-eastern Kamchatka Peninsula, which has served as a submarine construction base since the 1960s. In a video shared on social media […]

Using Nuclear Fallout to Measure Soil Erosion in Tunisia

After applying conventional methods to fight soil erosion, Tunisia is using cesium-137 (137Cs) to measure their efficiency. The innovative program is fitting for a country where desertification threatens nearly 52% of land suitable for agriculture, forestry, and pasture farming. “Conventional methods require several field visits and many years of measurements, while the fallout […]