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College of Arts & Sciences
Precision measurements of the decays of radioactive nuclei produced by the cyclotrons are a powerful probe of the fundamental forces governing our universe. Using elegant techniques in “table-top” experiments both locally at the Cyclotron Institute as well as at other laboratories, we aim to complement the efforts of our colleagues at larger facilities (such as the Large Hadron Collider) to search for physics beyond our current understanding as encapsulated in the Standard Model of particle physics. Some of the main projects include measuring decay properties of unstable nuclei (lifetimes, branching ratios and masses), angular distributions of the decay products of atoms and ions confined in magneto-optical and Penning traps, and the influence of extreme stellar environments on beta decay.