The Photonuclear Group participates in basic nuclear-physics research at continuous-beam electron accelerator facilities in Europe and the USA. Primarily, our research is performed at MAX-lab in Lund. MAX-lab is an accelerator facility that can deliver a continuous electron beam. This is a prerequisite for the production of monoenergetic photons over a broad range of energies. The international level of interest in using this monoenergetic photon beam is very high.
Currently underway at MAX-lab are a series of experiments investigating nucleons and light nuclei. Of special interest are reactions in the vicinity of the so-called “pion threshold”. Accurate knowledge of these reactions will play an important role in the development of Chiral Perturbation Theory (ChPT), a low-energy expansion of Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD).
In parallel to our research program, the group has taken the initiative to develop a common detector development laboratory together with detector groups from The MAX-IV Laboratory and The European Spallation Source (ESS). The goal is to establish a local multidisciplinary center of excellence for the development of photon and neutron detectors.
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