CHAIRMAN T.4. -Radioactive and Nuclear threats
Prof. Wheldon is currently working in the field of exotic nucleiat the University of Birmingham (UK). Exotic nuclei are studied by charged-particle spectroscopy in the group. Energy levels in nuclei comprised of sub-clusters of protons and neutrons are synthesised in the laboratory. These states are responsible for providing the gateway to production of the elements in stars. (You can read about this topic in more detail here.) Other aspects of the group's work involve understanding the structure of nuclei at the interface between the slow- and fast- neutron capture processes that take place in supernovae and investigating nuclei far from stability using 'knockout' reactions. The group travels extensively, performing experiments at laboratories in Australia, the US and Europe.