Joseph B. Natowitz is holder of the Bright Chair in Nuclear Science at Texas A&M University, and conducts research in nuclear reaction dynamics and the properties of very highly excited nuclei. His research has been recognized by election as a Fellow of the American Physical Society (1981), with the American Chemical Society’s Award in Nuclear Chemistry (1995) and Southwest Regional Award (2000), as well as by an Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist Award (1978) and an Association of Former Students Research award from Texas A&M University (1988). He has been a Visiting Professor at the Université de Caen and the Université Claude Bernard in France, the University of Tokyo, Japan, and the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. He has been Visiting Senior Scientist at the Max Planck Institute in Heidelberg, Germany and the Centre d’Etudes Nucléaires, Saclay, France.
Heavy nuclei formed by fusion reactions often decay rapidly by fissioning into two fragments. Understanding how these decays occur and over what time scale provides a means to locate the superheavy “island of stability.” Read More »