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October 2016: NSCL researchers characterize unusual nuclear structure


In a recent Nature Physics article, an international research group including MSU P-A faculty members Alexandra Gade and Hironori Iwasaki, working at the NSCL, describe the results of their study of the structure of the nucleus of the isotope silicon-34.

There have been hints in past research that the protons in that nucleus do not follow the typical even mix among the neutrons seen in most nuclei, and the new results confirm that they tend to group themselves towards the outside of the nucleus, forming a bubble-like shell around a space containing mostly neutrons.

For more information, see this MSU Today article or the original Nature Physics article.