This February, nuclear fission, cosmic rays and nuclear reactions took centre stage in JPhysG’s LabTalks. We ask authors to describe their research and their findings in a non-specialist way, helping readers to understand the advances presented in their research.
Sensitivity of YAC to observe the light-component spectrum of primary cosmic rays
Can YAC dissect a sharp knee in the primary cosmic ray spectrum?
Based on: L M Zhai et al 2015 J. Phys. G: Nucl. Part. Phys. 42 045201
Dissipation parameter of orientation degree of freedom
How could it be accounted for in the fission of hot rotating nuclei?
Based on: P N Nadtochy et al 2015 J. Phys. G: Nucl. Part. Phys. 42 045107
Entropy-driven formation of frozen fragments in nuclear fission
A simple model based on statistical mechanics reproduces complex observations that remained unexplained for decades
Based on: Beatriz Jurado and Karl-Heinz Schmidt 2015 J. Phys. G: Nucl. Part. Phys. 42 055101
Evidence of a slight nuclear transparency in the alpha-nucleus systems
A reliable model for describing elastic, inelastic and fusion cross-section data for reactions involving 4He as a projectile
Based on: L C Chamon et al 2015 J. Phys. G: Nucl. Part. Phys. 42 055102
Front image from “Tibet air shower array: results and future plan” M Amenomori et al 2008 J. Phys.: Conf. Ser. 120 062024. Copyright IOP Publishing 2008