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Workshop on Photon Strength Functions and Related Topics

June 17-20, 2007
Prague, Czech Republic

Gamma-ray emission following neutron capture in medium-weight and heavy nuclei has been a subject of continuing interest for more than five decades. Although copious experimental data have been accumulated and many attempts to describe this phenomenon in terms of related theoretical models have been undertaken, a number of important issues still remain unsolved or even untouched. Within the statistical approach the quantities of central importance for understanding the γ emission are photon strength functions (PSFs). There are two reasons why these entities deserve deeper studies:

First, in line with Brinkís hypothesis, the PSFs carry invaluable information about various vibrational modes coupled to the excited nuclear levels, including the levels in the quasicontinuum. Thus the shape and size of the tail of the giant electric dipole resonances built on excited levels can be subject to examination at energies below the neutron threshold. An example of the usefulness of studying the PSFs is the assessment that scissors-mode vibrations of deformed nuclei are not a property of only their ground states, as seen from nuclear resonance fluorescence (NRF) experiments, but all their excited levels. It implies that the interaction responsible for the scissors-mode vibrations is a fundamental attribute of deformed neutron and proton fluids. In general, the physics behind PSFs is closely or complementarily related to the widely-studied phenomenon of NRF.

Second, the knowledge of PSFs is a crucial prerequisite for rigorous processing of raw data yielded by the state-of-the-art, high-granularity γ-calorimetric systems that have been installed at the large-scale neutron time-of-flight facilities such as DANCE at Los Alamos and n_TOF at CERN. Detailed understanding of these complex detector systems is essential, because they are of primary importance for precise measurements of neutron capture cross sections for next-generation nuclear technologies, as well as for the present needs of the increasing nuclear astrophysics community.

Understanding these systems and understanding PSFs are interconnected. Indeed, the multi-parametric data accumulated from the γ calorimeters carry unique information on behavior of γ cascades accompanying the neutron capture. These systems make possible to learn more about PSFs, in particular in the region of low γ-ray energies below 4 MeV where the available data are very scarce. These new capabilities present significant future opportunities. Two promising techniques bring additional physical information in this general idea: the technique of two-step γ cascades following thermal neutron capture and the analysis of first-generation γ-ray spectra from 3He-induced γ emission.

The main mission of the Workshop is to bring together specialists from various fields of research related directly or indirectly to PSFs, to assess, exchange and share our most recent developments and formulate joint tasks aimed towards better understanding the physics of γ decay of nuclear levels below the neutron threshold.

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A - Theory I
B - Theory II
C - Nuclear Resonance Fluorescence
D - Two-Step Gamma Cascades
E - Gamma Calorimetry at Isolated Neutron Resonances I
F - Gamma Calorimetry at Isolated Neutron Resonances II
G - 3He-Induced Gamma Emission
A - Theory I
Microscopic studies of multiphonon nuclear spectra
PoS(PSF07)014 pdf N. Lo Iudice
Level density parameters
PoS(PSF07)005 pdf T. von Egidy
Dipole photon strength functions from neutron induced reactions
PoS(PSF07)013 pdf W.I. Furman
B - Theory II
Verification of models for calculation of E1 radiative strength function
PoS(PSF07)002 pdf V.A Plujko
Hard gamma emission close to the GDR energy region
PoS(PSF07)007 pdf E. Betak
Giant resonances in fast rotating superdeformed nuclei
PoS(PSF07)021 file missing J. Kvasil
C - Nuclear Resonance Fluorescence
Missing dipole excitation strength below the particle threshold
PoS(PSF07)017 pdf A.P. Tonchev
Nuclear dipole strength in the tail of the giant dipole resonance (GDR)
PoS(PSF07)004 pdf E. Grosse
Dipole strength in N=50 nuclei studied in pohoton-scattering experiments at ELBE
PoS(PSF07)020 pdf R. Schwengner
Dipole-strength distributions below giant dipole resonance in the stable even-mass molybdenum isotopes
PoS(PSF07)022 pdf G. Rusev
D - Two-Step Gamma Cascades
Photon strength functions of heavy nuclei: achievements and open problems
PoS(PSF07)023 pdf attachments F. BecvŠr
Two-step gamma cascade method - tool for studying photon strength functions
PoS(PSF07)011 file missing I. Tomandl
Is there an enhancement of photon strength at low gamma-ray energies in Mo isotopes?
PoS(PSF07)024 pdf M. Krticka
E - Gamma Calorimetry at Isolated Neutron Resonances I
Investigation of the photon strength function of odd-odd Eu nuclei using the DANCE calorimeter
PoS(PSF07)018 pdf U. Agvaanluvsan
Neutron capture reactions on Mo and Gd isotopes using the DANCE array
PoS(PSF07)001 pdf G.E. Mitchell
Recent results using the DANCE detector at Los Alamos
PoS(PSF07)015 pdf R. Reifarth
F - Gamma Calorimetry at Isolated Neutron Resonances II
Photon strength function and neutron/proton capture
PoS(PSF07)012 pdf R. Reifarth, M. Heil, R. Plag, F. Kšppeler, F. BecvŠr and M. Krticka
Study of the gamma spectra in the neutron capture reactions at n_TOF
PoS(PSF07)019 pdf N. Colonna
Application of Photon Strength Functions to (n,g) measurements with the n_TOF TAC
PoS(PSF07)006 pdf C. Guerrero Sanchez
G - 3He-Induced Gamma Emission
Photon strength functions and the Oslo method
PoS(PSF07)003 pdf M. Guttormsen, A.C. Larsen, J. Rekstad, S. Siem, N.U.H. Syed, A. Schiller and A. Voinov
Experimental gamma-ray strength functions in rare earth nuclei
PoS(PSF07)025 file missing S. Siem
Gamma-ray strength functions in the f7/2 shell nuclei 44,45Sc and 50,51V
PoS(PSF07)008 pdf A.C. Larsen, M. Guttormsen, R. Chankova, J. Rekstad, A. Schiller, S. Siem, N.U.H. Syed and A. Voinov
Gamma strength function in closed shell nuclei
PoS(PSF07)010 pdf N.U.H. Syed, M. Guttormsen, A.C. Larsen, S. Siem, F. Ingebretsen, J. Rekstad, A. Schiller and A. Voinov