The tool of choice to describe properties of atomic nuclei from light to heavy and from drip-line to drip-line is the nuclear density functional theory (NDFT). At present, more than 2300 atomic nuclei have been experimentally observed, but current models predict the existence of at least 3 times more nuclei.
The York theory group has a strong expertise in this domain of physics and plays a major active role in the international arena.
The York-Lyon-Jyväskylä collaboration aims to build new-generation density functionals with improved spectroscopic properties. The overarching goal is to develop numerical simulations providing a robust and precise description of the large amount of data collected over the years of experimental studies.
The proposed PhD project will contribute to the group’s activity by exploring the properties of odd nuclei and in particular by performing systematic studies of their magnetic moments. Although a large body of often very precise experimental data is available, magnetic moments have been rarely studied within NDFT. Recent preliminary calculations performed at York has shown that magnetic moments can provide an invaluable source of information for adjustments of poorly constrained channels of nuclear interaction.
The candidate will learn advanced methods of NDFT and employ existing computational resources developed at York to study nuclear magnetic moment in odd nuclei. This will provide strong support to the ongoing experimental activities of the York group and create an extended basis for performing systematic adjustments of the new-generation nuclear functionals to experimental data.
Please note that for PhD projects advertised as “awaiting funding”, we anticipate that the majority of decisions will be made in December 2019.