Nuclear Physics

The research in the Nuclear Physics division is devoted to aspects of the strong interaction. This encompasses the areas of experimental and theoretical Hadron Physics and experimental Nuclear Structure.

The main activity concerns Hadron Physics. The first level of complexity in nature involves the synthesis of the smallest constituents of matter, quarks and gluons, bound by the strong interaction into hadrons. Protons and neutrons are the most familiar examples of hadrons. The large coupling between the quarks and gluon fields leads to many phenomena that so far are only partly understood. Prominent such effects are confinement, i.e. trapping of the quarks and gluons into hadrons, and the generation of mass of ordinary matter. We are involved in big international collaborations addressing these challenging questions. Our work in Theoretical Hadron Physics complements these experimental activities.

The second level of complexity in nature is the synthesis of the protons and neutrons into nuclei. In Nuclear Structure we study the nuclear properties at the limits of nuclear existence. The main activity is to develop and use instrumentation for nuclear structure studies at major European accelerator facilities.

More details about the different activities in the Nuclear Physics Division can be found by clicking in the list on the right hand side.


Inger Ericson
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