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Nuclear Interactions Group (NIG)

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The research focus of the Nuclear Interaction Group is to understand the fundamental nature of nuclear interactions and the dynamical structure of nucleons and nuclei.

The Nuclear Interactions Group (NIG) focuses on understanding the fundamental nature of nuclear interactions and the dynamical structure of nucleons and nuclei. The Nuclear Structure physics information is obtained by experiments in which high-energy beams of electrons or photons interact with target made of protons, few-body nuclear systems, or more complex nuclei. The scattered electrons and other particles ejected from the reaction are detected and the probabilities for such process to happen (cross sections) are extracted. Because the electrons and photons are point-like particles with no known internal structure or excited states, and because their electro-magnetic interaction with the target is relatively weak and well understood (as opposed to the strong interaction among the constituents of the target itself), they penetrate deeply into the target nucleon or nuclei without disturbing its substructure, thus enabling the extraction of the internal structure of the nuclear or nucleon target with a relatively easy interpretation.

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