Five Decades of Research in Nuclear Science

October 2009
45 black and white illustrations
251 pages
9x6 in
Meliora Press
ISBN: 9781580463201
Format: Hardback
University of Rochester Press
BISAC SCI051000, BIO004000, HIS036080

Five Decades of Research in Nuclear Science

John R. Huizenga

What began as a journey into a largely unexplored region of the periodic table-rightly predicted to be a rich and fertile source of new chemical and nuclear information-quickly developed into a race for the discovery of new elements. A summary of more than forty years of work in the field, Five Decades of Research in Nuclear Science delves into the results of several projects in which John R. Huizenga played a key role.
Huizenga's career began on the Manhattan Project and continued at the Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), where in 1949, he and his colleagues initiated a major program to produce transplutonium nuclei by multiple neutron capture in reactors. Following the first thermonuclear explosion in 1952, Huizenga participated in the discovery of the elements einsteinium and fermium found in its debris. At ANL, he studied extensively the nuclear properties and systematics of actinide nuclei. In 1967, Huizenga moved to the University of Rochester, where he investigated the excited states of actinide nuclei by reaction spectroscopy and the decay modes of actinide muonic atoms. He also made detailed studies of the energy dissipation, nucleon transfer, and microscopic time-scale associated with a new heavy-ion reaction process known as "strongly damped collisions."

John R. Huizenga is Tracy H. Harris Professor Emeritus of Chemistry and Physics at the University of Rochester.

Table of Contents

Early Years and Time on the Manhattan Project
Argonne National Laboratory Years (1949-1954): Discovery of Elements 99 and 100
Fulbright Year (1954-1955)
Argonne National Laboratory Years (1955-1964)
First Guggenheim Year (1964-1965)
Argonne National Laboratory Years (1965-1967): Visit to USSR Laboratories
University of Rochester Years (1967-1973)
Second Guggenheim Year (1973-1974)
University of Rochester Years (1974-1983)
The Years as Department Chair (1983-1988)
The Years to Retirement (1988-1991)
The Years after Retirement (1991-)
Appendix: Publications

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