State-of-the-art detectors at iThemba LABS

The Department of Subatomic physics completed the installation and started commissioning of its latest measurement instrument “Facility for Low Spin Structure Studies of Exotic States and Nuclei”. The facility comprises of 8 LaBr3 scintillation detectors and electronics and was funded through a NRF NEP grant and iThemba LABS. The state-of-the-art detectors will be used to study sub-nanosecond lifetimes in nuclear states, and will be combined with other instruments in the laboratory. Current measurements are underway measuring radioisotopes produced at the lab, and environmental samples.

Left to right: Dr Pete Jones, Mr Lumkile Msebi (iThemba/UWC), Mr Abraham Avaa (iThemba/WITS), Ms Bashir Munirat (US), Mr Vetle Ingeberg (iThemba/Oslo), Dr Faiçal Azaiez, Dr Rudolph Nchodu