UK Nuclear Physics

There are 10 active nuclear physics groups in the UK

Birmingham Daresbury Glasgow Manchester West of Scotland
Brighton Edinburgh Liverpool Surrey York





University of Birmingham

Professor Martin Freer, School of Physics and Astronomy
Nuclear structure physics

Professor D Evans, School of Physics and Astronomy
Nuclear structure physics

Dr P G Jones, School of Physics and Astronomy
Relativistic heavy ion collisions

Dr Paul Norman, School of Physics and Astronomy
Nuclear power technology

Professor D J Parker, School of Physics and Astronomy
Positron emission tomography

Dr Garry Tungate, School of Physics and Astronomy
Laser spectroscopy of unstable isotopes

Dr G T A Squier, School of Physics and Astronomy
Relativistic heavy ion collisions

Dr David Weaver, School of Physics and Astronomy
Physics and technology of nuclear reactors

Dr Carl Wheldon, School of Physics And Astronomy
Exotic nuclei and nuclei lying on boundary between the astrophysical rapid- and slow-neutron capture processes


University of Brighton

Professor Alison Bruce, Nuclear Physics Research Group
Gamma-ray spectroscopy
Structure of isomeric states / shell-model calculations


Daresbury Laboratory

Professor John Simpson
, Nuclear Physics Group
Gamma-ray spectroscopy
Advanced Ge array design

Dr Mark Labiche
, Nuclear Physics Group
Single particle shell structure properties of nuclei toward the frontiers in terms of isospin (neutron/proton ratio)

Dr Roy Lemmon, Nuclear Physics Group
The behaviour of isospin asymmetric nuclear matter

University of Edinburgh

Professor Phil Woods, Department of Physics
Nuclear structure physics


University of Glasgow

Dr David Ireland, Department of Physics
The search for "missing" nucleon resonances
The interaction between nucleons, and how this gives rise to the properties of atomic nuclei
The use of electromagnetic interactions with nuclei

Professor Ralf Kaiser, Department of Physics
Nuclear structure physics
Measuring hard exclusive electron scattering reactions by detecting the recoiling proton

Dr Douglas MacGregor, Department of Physics
Nuclear Structure Physics

Professor Guenter Rosner, Department of Physics
Experimental nuclear structure

Dr Bjoern Seitz, Department of Physics
Nuclear Structure Physics


University of Liverpool

Professor Paul Nolan, Department of Physics
Nuclear Structure Physics
Instrumentation development
Applications of nuclear physics techniques
CPD training for nuclear industry

Professor Peter Butler, Department of Physics
Nuclear Structure Physics

Professor Rodi Herzberg, Department of Physics
Nuclear Structure Physics
Instrumentation development

Professor Robert Page, Department of Physics
Nuclear Structure Physics
Instrumentation development
CPD training for nuclear industry

Dr Andy Boston,
Department of Physics
Nuclear Structure Physics
Instrumentation development
Applications of nuclear physics techniques
CPD training for nuclear industry

Dr Marielle Chartier, Department of Physics
Nuclear Structure Physics

Dr Eddie Paul, Department of Physics
Nuclear Structure Physics

Dr David Joss, Department of Physics
Nuclear Structure Physics

Dr Helen Boston, Department of Physics
Instrumentation development
Applications of nuclear physics techniques
CPD training for nuclear industry


University of Manchester

Professor J Billowes, School of Physics and Astronomy
properties of radioactive isotopes via laser spectroscopy;
Applied nuclear physics (threat reduction, nuclear data)

Professor S Freeman, School of Physics and Astronomy
nuclear structure of exotic nuclei

Dr A G Smith, School of Physics and Astronomy
Dynamics of fission process, fission fragment spectroscopy,
neutron induced reactions, nuclear data

Dr D Cullen, School of Physics and Astronomy
properties of nuclear isomers

Dr P Campbell, School of Physics and Astronomy
properties of radioactive isotopes via laser spectroscopy


University of Surrey

Professor Wilton N. Catford, Department of Physics
Professor William Gelletly (Emeritus), Department of Physics
Professor Philip M. Walker,
Department of Physics
Professor Paddy H. Regan,
Department of Physics
Dr Z. Podolyak,
Department of Physics
Experimental nuclear physicists - study of nuclear structure and reactions using accelerated beams of stable and radioactive isotopes at accelerators world-wide, with particular emphasis on exotic nuclei with extreme values of neutron number, away from stability

Professor Jeffery A. Tostevin, Department of Physics
Professor Jim S. Al-Khalili,
Department of Physics
Professor Ron C. Johnson (Emeritus),
Department of Physics
Dr Paul D. Stevenson,
Department of Physics
Theoretical nuclear physicists - nuclear reaction models and nuclear structure models with close links to current experimental groups world-wide, to advance theoretical understanding based on latest experimental results

Professor Paul J. Sellin,
Department of Physics
Dr Annika Lohstroh,
Department of Physics
Radiation and Detector Physicists - identification, characterisation and development of novel detector materials (e.g. CdZnTe, HgI, single crystal and amorphous diamond) and prototype devices for radiation detection, plus novel techniques for deploying detectors


University of the West of Scotland

Professor Robert Chapman, Department of Physics
Dr John F. Smith,
Department of Physics
Dr Klaus Spohr,
Department of Physics

The areas of expertise for the staff can be stated globally as:
Nuclear physics
Nuclear spectroscopy
Gamma-ray spectroscopy
Charged-particle spectroscopy
Radiation detection
Nuclear instrumentation
Analytical techniques
Laser-induced nuclear physics


University of York

Professor Andrei Andreyev
, Department of Physics
Shape coexistence, particle and gamma decay
Laser-assisted nuclear decay studies
Fission and Beta-delayed fission

Dr Charles Barton, Department of Physics
Studies of exotic nuclei and nuclear shapes.

Professor Mike Bentley
, Department of Physics
Study of nuclear mirror symmetry.
Novel diamond detectors.

Professor Brian Fulton
, Department of Physics
Single-particle transfer reactions in inverse kinematics.
Underground searches for neutrinoless double beta decay.

Dr David Jenkins
, Department of Physics
Studies of exotic nuclei.
Nuclear astrophysics as well.

Dr Ben Kay,Department of Physics
Evolution of nuclear shell structure
Nuclear structure relevant to neutrinoless double beta decay

Dr Alison Laird, Department of Physics
Nuclear astrophysics
Development of a novel ionisation chamber for studying low-energy nuclear reactions with exotic beams.

Professor Bob Wadsworth
, Department of Physics
Research on exotic nuclei
Development of new neutron detectors
Advanced gamma-ray tracking