Michael P. Carpenter

Michael Carpenter received his Ph.D. in 1989 from the University of Tennessee for his work on the study of high-spin states in ${}^{184}\text{Pt}$ and ${}^{183}\text{Au}$. Upon receiving his graduate degree, he spent one year at the Neils Bohr Institute as a post-doctoral fellow (1989). This was followed by a postdoctoral appointment at Argonne National Laboratory (1990–1991) where he was later promoted to the scientific staff in the Physics Division (1992–present). Currently, he is the scientific project manager of the Gammasphere detector array. The focus of his research activity is the study of the structure of nuclei under the influence of high angular momentum.

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Do alpha particles cluster inside heavy nuclei?

Published January 25, 2010
New excited states have been observed in ${}^{212}\text{Po}$ that are associated with a configuration in which an alpha particle is combined with a doubly-magic ${}^{208}\text{Pb}$ core.