Kathrin Wimmer

Kathrin Wimmer

​Assistant Professor

Dow Science Complex 227

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  • Dr. rer. nat. (Ph.D.), Technische Universitat München, Munich, Germany, 2010
  • Diploma (Physics), Ludwigs-Maximilians-Universität, München, Munich, Germany, 2007
Research Fields
  • Structure of exotic nuclei
  • Nuclear reactions
  • Nuclear astrophysics
  • Experimental physics wth radioactive ion beams
Current Research Projects
  • Structure of very neutron-rich radioactive nuclei
    The nuclear shell model is a benchmark for the description of the structure of atomic nuclei. However, in the last decade it was found that the shell closure for atomic nuclei disappear or change when going from the valley of stability to nuclei with extreme N/Z ratios. Nucleon knockout reactions using fast intermediate energy radioactive beams are an ideal tool to investigate the evolution of nuclear shell structure in very exotic nuclei. These experiments are performed at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) in East Lansing, Mich. using state-of-the-art experimental equipment - the S800 spectrograph and GRETINA, the next generation gamma-ray detection device in the U.S.
  • Development of a new detector array for transfer reactions at ReA/FRIB
    Transfer reactions are a well suited tool to study the structure of nuclei by adding or removing one or few nucleons from a heavy projectile nucleus, allowing the occupation of the nuclear levels to be investigated. In order to perform nucleon transfer reaction experiments at the future ReA3 facility at FRIB/NSCL, a new detection device is needed. This new detector setup will be designed and tested at Central Michigan University and then used for experiments at ReA3 and elsewhere.
Selected Publications
  • T-REX: A new setup for transfer experiments at REX-ISOLDE
    V. Bildstein, R. Gernhäuser, T. Kröll,  R. Krücken, K. Wimmer, P. Van Duppen, M. Huyse, N. Patronis and R. Raabe
    European Physical Journal A 48 (2012) 85
  • Probing elastic and inelastic breakup contributions to intermediate-energy two-proton removal reactions
    K. Wimmer, D. Bazin, A. Gade, J.A. Tostevin, T. Baugher, Z. Chajecki, D. Coupland, M.A. Famiano, T.K. Ghosh, G.F. Grinyer, R. Hodges, M.E. Howard, M. Kilburn, W.G. Lynch, B. Manning, K. Meierbachtol, P. Quarterman, A. Ratkiewicz, A. Sanetullaev, S.R. Stroberg, M.B. Tsang, D. Weisshaar, J. Winkelbauer, R. Winkler and M. Youngs
    Physical Review C 85 (2012) 051603(R)
  • Identification of the slow E3 transition 136Csm136Cs with conversion electrons
    K. Wimmer, U. Köster, P. Hoff, T. Kröll, R. Krücken, R. Lutter, H. Mach, T. Morgan, S. Sarkar, M. Saha Sarkar, W. Schwerdtfeger, P.C. Srivastava, P.G. Thirolf, and P. Van Isacker
    Physical Review C 84 (2011) 014329
  • Discovery of the Shape Coexisting 0+ State in 32Mg by a Two Neutron Transfer Reaction
    K. Wimmer, T. Kröll, R. Krücken, V. Bildstein, R. Gernhäuser, B. Bastin, N. Bree, J. Diriken, P. Van Duppen, M. Huyse, N. Patronis, P. Vermaelen, D. Voulot, J. Van de Walle, F. Wenander, L.M. Fraile, R. Chapman, B. Hadinia, R. Orlandi, J.F. Smith, R. Lutter, P.G. Thirolf, M. Labiche, A. Blazhev, M. Kalkühler, P. Reiter, M. Seidlitz, N. Warr, A.O. Macchiavelli, H.B. Jeppesen, E. Fiori, G. Georgiev, G. Schrieder, S. Das Gupta, G. Lo Bianco, S. Nardelli, J. Butterworth, J. Johansen and K. Riisager
    Physical Review Letters 105 (2010) 252501
  • Shape Coexistence Near Neutron Number N=20: First Identification of the E0 Decay from the Deformed First Excited Jπ =0+ State in 30Mg
    W. Schwerdtfeger, P.G. Thirolf, K. Wimmer, D. Habs, H. Mach, T.R. Rodriguez, V. Bildstein, J.L. Egido, L.M. Fraile, R. Gernhäuser, R. Hertenberger, K. Heyde, P. Hoff, H. Hübel, U. Köster, T. Kroll, R. Krücken, R. Lutter, T. Morgan and P. Ring
    Physical Review Letters 103 (2009) 012501

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