iThemba LABS at the Workshop on Modern Aspects in Nuclear Structure

The IVth Topical Workshop on Modern Aspects in Nuclear Structure took place in Bormio, Italy in February and was attended by iTL staff members Drs Pete Jones, Luna Pellegri and Ricky Smit. This workshop with 100 oral contributions over six days was attended 159 scientists from more than 10 countries and hosted by Luna Pellegri’s alma mater, Università degli Studi di Milano.

Drs Pellegri and Smit presented work done on the K600 spectrometer in coincidence with the silicon detector array, CAKE and the gamma array, BAGEL, while Dr Jones introduced the new LaBr3 fast timing array. Data were presented on the suppression of collective states by using the (p,t) reaction with the K600 spectrometer at zero degrees that forms part of the thesis of a PhD student from Stellenbosch University.  These data attracted the attention of theorists from Japan who would like to start calculations to reproduce the preliminary results. Experiments such as these are only possible at the K600 spectrometer at iThemba LABS and the Grand Raiden spectrometer in RCNP, Osaka, Japan.