The LISA (Laser Ionisation and Spectroscopy of Actinides) consortium aims to train a new generation of experts in radioactive ion beam research and applications, laser spectroscopy, scientific laser technologies and atomic theorists whilst they work towards the goal of vastly improving our understanding of the atomic and nuclear properties of the chemical elements known as the actinides (atomic number Z ≥ 89).
Whilst this research is an essential prerequisite for unravelling the structure of the superheavy elements at the end of Mendeleev’s table, the value of this activity extends far beyond the fields of fundamental atomic and nuclear physics.
In-depth knowledge of the nuclear properties of an isotope and the atomic properties of the element, is a precursor for understanding their practical applications and also crucial to their identification and handling. Immediate valorization of these findings will be sought out in the fields of radioecology and nuclear medicine.
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