PhD project: Low energy reactions for quiescent stellar evolution

Project description

The investigation of low-energy nuclear reactions occurring during quiescent stages of stellar evolution often requires ad-hoc setups with intense beams of stable nuclei and long data acquisition times. Such studies are best performed at small university-based accelerator such as the 3MV Pelletron of the Center for Isotopic Research on the Cultural and Environmental heritage (CIRCE) at the Vanvitelli University of Caserta (Italy). As part of an ongoing collaboration, projects are available to investigate nuclear reactions that take place in the Sun as well as reactions (such as carbon burning) that are crucial for the understanding of the evolution and final fate of massive stars.

The student working on this project will have the opportunity to be involved in all the stages required for the measurement of a key low-energy nuclear reaction, including target preparation, experiment setup, beam tuning, data taking, data analysis and interpretation.  The project is offered to a student with a strong academic background, a high degree of independence, and the aspiration to work within an international collaboration. Good data analysis and programming skills are desirable.

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