U of G and TRIUMF Forge New Partnership to Advance Nuclear Physics Research

Posted on Monday, December 11th, 2023

Written by Bethany Davidson-Eng

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Dr. Carl Svensson

The University of Guelph and TRIUMF, Canada's national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics, proudly announce a new collaboration aimed at catalyzing advancements in the field of Nuclear Physics. This collaborative initiative underscores a shared commitment to nuclear physics research, culminating in the joint faculty appointment of Dr. Carl Svensson as a Research Chair in Gamma-Ray Spectroscopy and Rare Isotope Physics for a six-year term.

Regarding this new collaboration, Svensson remarked, "The joint appointment with TRIUMF presents an unprecedented research opportunity. By capitalizing on the resources and expertise from both U of G and TRIUMF, we will be able to delve deeper into the complex nature of nuclear many-body systems and push the boundaries of our knowledge in the field of nuclear physics."

Svensson’s research uses the atomic nucleus as a laboratory for studying a variety of physics topics, ranging from the microscopic description of collective excitation modes in finite quantum systems, to precision tests of the electroweak Standard Model of particle physics and the search for new physics beyond it.

"We are thrilled that this partnership with TRIUMF shares our commitment to advancing the frontiers of Nuclear Physics," expressed Dr. Leonid Brown, the Acting Chair of the Department of Physics. This collaboration promises to enrich education and drive transformative discoveries, marking a pioneering era in Nuclear Physics research, spearheaded by scholars like Dr. Carl Svensson.

Svensson received his PhD in Physics from McMaster University in 1998. In 1999-2000, he worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California. He joined the University of Guelph’s Department of Physics in 2001, where he is now a full Professor and has held a Tier I Canada Research Chair in in Gamma-Ray Spectroscopy and Rare Isotope Physics from 2010-2023.

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