Nuclear structure and reactions – experiments towards the neutron drip line
Understanding of atomic nuclei relies on knowledge about interaction between their components and details of their relationship. Recent advent of detector arrays allows systematic studies of nuclei away from the region of nuclear stability. With the proper selection of colliding systems and reaction energies, the exchange of nucleons can lead to the population of neutron-rich nuclei, peculiar systems having challenging aspects in their nuclear structure behaviour. The main objective of this research project is to advance understanding of the nuclear reactions and structure in the vicinity of the neutron drip line. By the use of the new generation instrumentation, we will experimentally study three different neutron-rich groups of nuclei: very heavy nuclei (difficult to access experimentally with other methods), medium-mass nuclei (where well known magic numbers disappear), and finally, lower mass nuclei (were the neutron drip line has already been experimentally reached). The major part of the proposed experimental work will be performed at the top international accelerator facilities, but in the well suited cases, the measurements will be performed at the RBI accelerator. The new experimental data will significantly improve our understanding of nuclei far from the stability line and will have a considerable impact on the reaction measurements at next generation of the radioactive beam facilities. Scientists involved in this project are active members of a number of leading international collaborations in the field, with large experience in experimental research and considerable international reputation. Project PI has remarkable research track record and has led a successful project before. Senior scientists on the project have led a number of competitive projects (funded by MSES, FP7, ESF and Croatian SF). Finally, this project is well integrated with the strategic community document Long Range Plan of the Nuclear Physics European Collaboration Committee.