The Nuclear Science Laboratory at Notre Dame is the longest continuously operating accelerator lab at any U.S. university, and its nuclear physics program is ranked among the strongest in the nation. Our research is built around a broad program in experimental and theoretical low-energy nuclear physics, including nuclear astrophysics, nuclear structure, nuclear reactions with radioactive ion beams, and accelerator mass spectroscopy. The recent addition of a third accelerator marks the beginning of an applied nuclear physics program, where ion beam analysis techniques are used to search for trace chemicals in environmental samples. The lab's fourth accelerator is focused on high-sensitivity astrophysics studies and is located one mile underground at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in South Dakota.
Student participation is encouraged in every aspect of the research program, while the laboratory with its three accelerators and recently installed mass separator provides an extensive and invaluable hands-on experience.
The experiments we conduct at Notre Dame and at facilities worldwide are complemented by a theoretical program that includes modeling efforts in nuclear structure and nucleosynthesis, and the use of supercomputing to explore the physics of light nuclei