Thomas Baumann


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What I did in Nuclear Physics so far:

I studied Physics at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster and finished with the german degree of a Diplom in 1995. The required thesis work was done at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory in Michigan, USA. There I worked with Michael Thoennessen's group on a measurement of the giant dipole resonance in excited states of 120Sn nuclei.

In August 1995, I started as a Ph.D.-student in the Fragment Separator Group at GSI in Germany. Here I worked mainly on the field of light exotic nuclei at the drip lines. Using the Fragment Separator as an energy-loss spectrometer, we measured longitudinal momentum distributions of 8B and 19C. This was also the topic of my Ph.D. thesis.

I received my Ph.D. in February 1999 from the University of Gießen, Germany. Since March 1999 I live and work in Michigan. I had a position as a visiting assistant professor at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory until April 2003, when I was offered a permanent position as physicist at the same lab.

My work at the NSCL comprises the preparation of rare isotope beams using the A1900 fragment separator and basic research in nuclear physics.

An important current research topic is the search and investgation of neutron-rich nuclei close to or at the drip line. Recently, we were able to discover new isotopes. Part of this work has been published in Nature.

I am also a member of the MoNA colaboration, which constructed and is now using a large area neutron detector named. MoNA stands for Modular Neutron Array and is used in connection with the Sweeper Magnet, a 4 Tesla dipole magnet.

I am interested in loosely bound or even unbound nuclear systems and the special phenomena that one can observe in these nuclei. The new sweeper magnet and MoNA will help us to push the limit of knowledge further out towards the neutron drip-line.

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My curriculum vitae (143 kB)

Ph.D. Thesis (February 1999):
Longitudinal Momentum Distributions of 8B and 19C: Signatures for One-Proton and One-Neutron Halos (1.2 MB)
Diploma Thesis (May 1995):
Untersuchung der Dipolriesenresonanz im angeregten 120Sn (2.5 MB)

last modified: 2008-04-18