Department of Physics


The FIDIPRO project is in strong synergy with experimental studies performed at JYFL and with other world-wide initiatives to investigate properties of exotic nuclei.

The FIDIPRO project leader and his team will be operating at JYFL (Department of Physics of the University of Jyväskylä), which will provide the necessary support and infrastructure. The overlap between the proposed theoretical activity and the ongoing experimental as well as theoretical programme is excellent. This collaboration would have additional positive impact on the international visibility of nuclear physics research in Jyväskylä and Finland.

The FIDIPRO researchers will have close collaborations with the teams of the Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Nuclear and Accelerator Based Physics. This CoE, funded for the period 2006-2011, involves experimental and theoretical research in nuclear and accelerator based physics and related applications at JYFL. The experimental work is mainly carried out in the Accelerator Laboratory of JYFL. The focus is on studies of new phenomena in nuclei under extreme conditions, which fits very well to the expertise of the FIDIPRO project leader.

The JYFL Accelerator Laboratory is one of the 8 major European nuclear physics infrastructures, which concert their action through EURONS, which is one of the EU-FP6-Integrated Infrastructure Initiative (I3)projects. In this access activity involving 200 visitors at JYFL per year, stronger theoretical contribution is clearly called for.

A recent evaluation of research activities of the University of Jyväskylä by a panel of international experts gave the highest mark for the nuclear physics programme at JYFL. It stated that "The nuclear physics research is exceptionally strong, having developed as a national priority that has achieved international prominence through both the creation of a dedicated stable isotope accelerator designed to address critical scientific questions and a broadly based programme involving international collaborations. The research programme is of appropriate breadth and appears strong in all of its various aspects. It is an extraordinary resource to the graduate program, as the accelerator laboratory provides students with unusual hands-on experience with the design, construction and operation of world-class nuclear physics experiments".

A substantial fraction of our current activity in the experimental research of structure of nuclei is focused on studies of exotic nuclides far from stability. Based on numerous theoretical predictions, such investigations are expected to be crucial for developing unified and consistent understanding of strongly interacting finite systems. Moreover, predicted new phenomena and new properties of nuclei with large proton or neutron excess offer important perspectives for discoveries. As stated above, the FIDIPRO researchers will work in close contact with the teams of the Center of Excellence. Their research plans have been presented in details in the contract for the CoE for the years 2006-2011.