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Meytal Duer discovers isolated multi-neutron system

ELEMENTS’ Early Career Researchers Representative Dr. Meytal Duer and Principal Investigator Prof. Thomas Aumann from TU Darmstadt just published an article in Nature that describes the discovery of an isolated multi-neutron system. Congratulations!

So far, only neutron stars were known to produce chargeless nuclear systems. Now, for the first time, Duer and colleagues were able to create the isolated four-neutron system at the Radioactive Ion Beam Factory at RIKEN (Japan). The key success factor was the employment of a knockout reaction at large momentum transfer with a radioactive high-energy 8He beam.

You can find out more about the experiment here in English or German.

Experimental setup around the liquid hydrogen target that was developed by TU Darmstadt and TU München.

Speakers:
Prof. Dr. Luciano Rezzolla
Institute for Theoretical Physics
Goethe University Frankfurt
Tel: +49 (69) 798-47871
rezzolla@itp.uni-frankfurt.de

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Norbert Pietralla
Institut for Nuclear Physics
Technische Universität Darmstadt
Tel: + 49 (6151) 16 23540
pietralla@ikp.tu-darmstadt.de

Applicant:
Goethe University Frankfurt

Co-Applicants:
Technische Universität Darmstadt
Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung, Darmstadt