Exploring the Secrets of Deformed Nuclei

The first K600 experiment for 2018 was performed at the beginning of June. The experiment, performed with 200 MeV protons, provided excellent data for a study of a particular vibrational mode of deformed Samarium nuclei. The local team was joined by scientists and students from the universities of Stellenbosch, the Western Cape, WITS and Zululand, as well as from further afield such as Botswana (BIUST) and Germany (TUD). While some experimental and beam-related challenges were experienced during the first of two extended beam periods, the experiment was successfully concluded with a very stable and good-quality beam in the second five-day beam period.