A study of light nuclei – nuclear structure, astro physics and aneutronic fusion

PhD defence, Friday 11 January 2019. Michael Greve Munch

2019.01.11 | Karen Konradi

Michael Greve Munch

During his studies, Michael Greve Munch researched light atomic nuclei. These play a special role in the formation of the early Universe and the later nucleosynthesis in stars.

Michael Greve Munch has studied the three nuclei 8Be, 12C and 27Al. The studies have primarily been performed by bombarding thin foil with energetic particles from the Van de Graaff accelerator at Aarhus University. The resulting nuclear reactions were studied with modern state-of-the-art silicon detectors, which allow a complete description of the breakup. The study of 12C resolves inconsistencies in prior studies and thus improves the foundation for estimating the feasibility of aneutronic fusion. The study of 8Be contributes to the understanding of its structure, while the study of 27Al helps constrain the astrophysical source for 26Al.

The PhD degree was completed at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Science and Technology, Aarhus University.

This résumé was prepared by the PhD student.

Time: Friday 11 January 2019 at 13:15
Place: Building 1526, room 626, Det skæve rum, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University
Title of PhD thesis: A study of 8Be, 12C and 27Al with state-of-the-art detector arrays
Contact information: Michael Greve Munch, e-mail: munch@phys.au.dk, tlf.: +4529912922
Members of the assessment committee:
Professor David Jenkins, Department of Physics, University of York
Professor Tom Davinson, School of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Edinburgh
Professor Steen Hannestad, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University (chair)
Main supervisor: Professor Hans Otto Uldall Fynbo, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus Universitet
The PhD dissertation will be defended in English

The defence is public.
The PhD thesis is available for reading at the Graduate School of Science and Technology/GSST, Ny Munkegade 120, building 1520 and 1521, 8000 Aarhus C.

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