Caleb Sword – 2016

Determining the Nuclear Structure of an Unstable 25O Isotope Research Advisor: Dr. Paul DeYoung One of the primary goals of nuclear physics research is to better understand the force that binds nucleons. This can be accomplished by studying the structure of neutron-rich isotopes. For this experiment, excited 25O nuclei were formed by a collision between […]

Elizabeth Lindquist – 2016

PIXE-NRA Analysis to Determine Metalloprotein Stoichiometry Research Advisor: Dr. Paul DeYoung An Ion Beam Analysis (IBA) technique of simultaneous Particle-Induced X-ray Emission (PIXE) and Nuclear Reaction Analysis (NRA) is being developed to determine the complete stoichiometry of metalloproteins. Even though approximately one third of all proteins are metalloproteins, the stoichiometric ratios of the metalloproteins are still […]

Jason Gombas – 2016

Refining the r-process Described by Theoretical Models Research Advisor: Dr. Paul DeYoung Where did all of the heavy elements originate? The rapid neutron capture process (r-process), currently only characterized by theoretical calculations, model the nuclear reactions that lead to heavier nuclei in intense astrophysical locations such as supernovas. Experimenting with the few reactions reproducible on […]

Grant to Nuclear Group Continues Three Decades of NSF Support

A new major research grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to the Nuclear Group at Hope College continues three decades of support from the agency, a long-time run which if not unique is at the very least rare, reflecting the quality of the work being conducted. Read more