SHESTRUCT - Understanding the structure and stability of heavy and superheavy elements

SHESTRUCT is an European Research Council project to study the structure of heavy elements (Understanding the Structure and Stability of Heavy and Superheavy Elements). The main aim of the project is to obtain high-quality spectroscopic data on the heaviest elements possible. Superheavy Elements are difficult to produce in large quantities in the laboratory, which makes the extraction of detailed spectroscopic information impossible to extract. Nuclei with lower proton number (Z=90-106) can be produced in larger quantities, making studies using in-beam and decay spectroscopic techniques possible. It is hoped that by obtaining detailed data concerning single-particle states and other properties in these lower-Z nuclei, theoretical calculations can be constrained. In this way the predictions of nuclear models relating to the stability of the superheavy elements can be placed on a firmer footing.nucspec_front.png

A major part of the project centres around exploitation of the SAGE spectrometer, commissioned in early 2010. Group members also participate in related experiments at overseas institutions.

The SHESTRUCT project currently employs four members of staff, led by Paul Greenlees. The project will run from September 2008 to August 2013.