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Indo-US Workshop on Physics with Energetic Heavy Ions and Rare Isotopes: Towards a Common Ground

Principal Investigators:

I. M. Govil, Punjab University, Chandigarh,India

Umesh Garg, Department of Physics, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN,USA

Date & Venue: 17-19 October 2005, Chandigarh, India

The Indo-US workshop on Physics with Energetic Heavy Ions and Rare Isotopes, was co-organized by Punjab University and University of Notre Dame at Chandigarh. Seven American physicists attended the workshop from the US along with 45 Indian delegates from academia and various laboratories like TIFR and BARC.

Heavy ion accelerator laboratories provide a powerful set up for formation and study of exotic nuclear states. These nuclei span a range of neutron proton numbers corresponding to those that are stable or nearly stable and also more exciting ones that are involved in creating these stable nuclei through complex astrophysical processes. A host of advanced facilities requiring high investment exist or are under development in the laboratories both in the US and in India which facilitate picking up of these exotic states. The primary purpose of the workshop was to get a first hand interaction between the scientists from such laboratories to set out interesting scientific projects leading to collaborative research and development in the field of nuclear structure and dynamics.

The panel discussion at the end of the workshop identified possible collaboration in areas like complete gamma ray spectroscopy; physics of neutron rich nuclei; nuclear reaction dynamics at low and intermediate energies; physics with radioactive ion beams, in particular with Coulomb excitations and transfer reactions; the study of unstable actinide nuclei by surrogate reactions. The need for joint development of GRETA (Gamma Ray Energy Tracking Array) and a Chico-type charged particle detector was also recommended.

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