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Erin E. Peters University of Kentucky Lexington, Kentucky

Erin E. Peters University of Kentucky Lexington, Kentucky

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  1. The University of Kentucky Accelerator Laboratory (UKAL) www.pa.uky.edu/accelerator Erin E. Peters University of Kentucky Lexington, Kentucky

  2. UK Accelerator Laboratory (UKAL) • 7-MV single-ended Van de Graaff; rf ion source • 1H, 2H, 3He, and 4He beams • Terminal and post-acceleration bunching(<1 ns) • Gas targets: 0.5 to 10 MeV neutrons with 3H(p,n) and 2H(d,n); extended up to 25 MeV with 3H(d,n); monoenergetic (ΔEn< 100 keV) neutrons • Nuclear spectroscopy with neutron time-of-flight and γ-ray (HPGe/BGO) detection • Research program continuously supported by the NSF since accelerator installation in 1964; upgrade in 1990s • DOE-Nuclear Energy University Programs funding since 2009 • A hands-on, student-run facility Outside Inside

  3. Research Personnel at UKAL • Faculty • Steven Yates, Professor (Chemistry/P&A) • Marcus McEllistrem, Emeritus Professor • Michael Kovash, Professor (P&A) • Accelerator Technician (half-time) Harvey Baber (UK funded) • Graduate Students (3) • Postdoctoral Scholars (3) • Distinguished Visitors • Sally Hicks, U of Dallas • Jeffrey Vanhoy, USNA • Undergraduates (UK, UD, USNA)

  4. Current and Future Research Directions • Fast neutron physics • Nuclear level lifetime determinations with the Doppler-shift attenuation method • Nuclear shell structure and shape transitions • Nuclear structure relevant to double-β decay • Precision fast neutron reaction cross sections • Corporate and homeland security applications • Neutron detector development (with collaborators) • www.pa.uky.edu/accelerator

  5. Active Collaborations at UKAL • United States Naval Academy • University of Dallas • Georgia Institute of Technology • University of Wisconsin at Lacrosse • University of Notre Dame • Yale University • University of Guelph • University of the Western Cape • University of the West of Scotland • TechnischeUniversität Darmstadt • UniversitätzuKöln Research at Other Laboratories • HIγS at TUNL at Duke University • TRIUMF • Universitätzu Köln • Australian National University • iTHEMBA Labs

  6. Thank you!