Indiana University offers a broad range of programs leading to the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry, Chemical Physics, or Physics. In addition, programs in geochemistry and environmental studies are also available in the Department of Chemistry.
A national facility, the Indiana University Cyclotron Facility is one of the world's most advanced accelerators for the investigation of nuclear reactions induced by light-ion beams with energies up to 500 q2/A MeV. A new beam storage ring has recently been added to the cyclotron which will provide beams of extraordinary energy resolution and rapid energy variability. A wide range of experimental facilities, supported by a strong technical staff, are available for research. These include scattering chambers, several magnetic spectrometer systems, a polarized neutron facility and a beam line for (p,n) studies. The nuclear chemistry group is currently constructing a large solid-angle-detector system for studies of hot nuclear matter. The laboratory computer system consists of a VAX 8650, three VAX 750s and numerous microVAX computers, connected via an Ethernet linkage. This system is currently begin upgraded to give a significant increase in computing power. The first phase of a $34 million Chemistry building project has recently been completed and a second phase is now well underway. In addition, Indiana University is centrally located within driving distance of the new heavy-ion accelerators at Argonne National Laboratory and Michigan State University, where complementary research is carried out.
The nuclear chemistry research personnel at IU include Vic Violo (Ph.D. UC Berkeley, 1961), Professor; Kris Kwiatkowski (Ph.D. U. of Maryland, 1976), Senior Scientist; Romualdo de Souza (Ph.D. U. of Rochester, 1988), Assistant Professor; Janusz Brzychczyk (Ph.D. Jagellonian University, Kracow, Poland), Visiting Scientist, as well as a number of graduate and undergraduate students. The IUCF-based research concentrates primarily on the study of nuclear reaction mechanisms and astrophysical problems. We also continue to emphasize the study of heavy-ion-induced reactions at MSU and higher-energy reactions at the Saturne accelerator in France. Our immediate heavy-ion interests continue to be (1) the evolution of reaction mechanisms in the 10-100 MeV/nucleon range, and (2) the study of hot nuclear matter and multifragmentation reactions. We are presently constructing a 4p detector array for these studies. Problems relating to the origin of the elements in nature and the synthesis of exotic nuclei have also been pursued.
Both research and teaching assistantships are available.
For additional information about the program please contact:
Prof. Vic Viola
Department of Chemistry
Bloomington, IN 47405
PHONE: (812) 855-6537 ext. 2878