Nuclear and Particle Physics Group

Zirconium isotope a master at neutron capture

The probability that a nucleus will absorb a neutron is important to many areas of nuclear science, including the production of elements in the cosmos, reactor performance, nuclear medicine and defense applications. New research from a team led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists reveals that the radioactive isotope zirconium-88 (⁸⁸Zr) is 100,000…

Exotic Nucleus Exhibits Curious Shape

Our researchers and collaborators created a technique used to determine the shape of a neutron-rich ruthenium isotope.