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Gwen Grinyer

Assistant Professor

Office: LB 209
E-mail: gwen.grinyer(at)
Phone: 306-337-2990

Research interests
Nuclear structure and astrophysics using short-lived beams of rare isotopes.

My research uses beams of rare isotopes to study the properties of short-lived radioactive nuclei located furthest from stability.  The structure of these "exotic" nuclei are essential for understanding how the nuclear force evolves towards the extremes of nucleonic matter and for describing the observed abundances of stable nuclei in the universe that are produced in explosive astrophysical scenarios such as x-ray bursts, supernovae and neutron-star mergers.  My research spans a broad range of topics including ultra-high precision measurements to test the Standard Models description of electroweak interactions, high-resolution gamma-ray and charged particle spectroscopy to study in-beam reactions and decays of exotic nuclei, and designing state-of-the-art instrumentation to be able to study the rarest isotopes whose production rates are at the limits of feasibility.

My experiments are carried out at rare-isotope production and accelerator facilities around the world including:

  • TRIUMF - TRI University Meson Facility in Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • GANIL - Grand Accelerateur National d'Ions Lourds in Caen, Normandie, France
  • NSCL - National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory in East Lansing, MI, USA
  • ISOLDE - Isotope Separator On-Line DEtector in Geneva, Switzerland

Interested in nuclear structure and nuclear astrophysics research?  I am continuously recruiting students for undergraduate (summer) and graduate (M.Sc and Ph.D.) projects as well as postdoctoral fellows for advanced research.  Please contact me for more information or follow me on instagram @gwendoesscience