PhD project: From radioactive waste to core collapse supernovae

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Core collapse supernovae are some of the most violent explosions known, and present a truly extreme laboratory for doing nuclear physics. Our understanding of the mechanism by which they explode is limited by the complexity of the processes occurring. An exciting possibility for progress lies in satellites searching for gamma rays emitted by the explosion. In particular, gamma rays of a certain energy would tell us about the amount of 44Ti produced in the explosion, which in turn will reveal unique information about the hydrodynamics occurring deep within the thermonuclear explosion. In this work, we will use, for the first time, 44Ti reclaimed from previously irradiated material,and perform new experiments at the ISOLDE facility, CERN.

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