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Sean Freeman


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Postgraduate Opportunities

STFC Studentships for Ph.D. (Residence requirement) 

Experimental Nuclear Physics

Transfer reaction studies

Gamma-ray spectroscopy

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  • Nuclear Physics

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B.A. (Hons) Physics, Balliol College

Diploma in Advanced Studies in Science (Distinction), The Victoria University of Manchester

Ph.D.  Physics, The Victoria University of Manchester

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1977/78 − 1983/84 Gordano Comprehensive School Portishead, Bristol
1984/85 − 1986/87 Balliol College Oxford University B.A. (Hons) in Physics
1987/88 − 1989/90 Victoria University of Manchester Ph.D. in Experimental Nuclear Physics 1990
”The single-particle basis of the isovector M1 mode in rare earth nuclei.”
Diploma in Advanced Studies in Science (Distinction) 1988
John Birks Prize for Physics 1988

Oct 1990 − Sept 1992 Associate Research Scientist. Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Nov 1992 − April 1993 Royal Society European Fellowship Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark
May 1993 − Jan 1994 Research Associate Victoria University of Manchester
Feb 1994 − Sept 2004 Lecturer in Experimental Nuclear Physics Victoria University of Manchester
Sept 2002 − Oct 2003 Visiting Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory, Illinois, USA

Sept 2004 − July 2006 Senior Lecturer in Experimental Nuclear Physics the University of Manchester
Aug 2006 − July 2008  Reader in Experimental Nuclear Physics, the University of Manchester

July 2008 −   Professor of Nuclear Physics, the University of Manchester

Research interests

Experimental Nuclear Physics

External positions

Chair of STFC Science Board, Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

1 Aug 201631 Jul 2018

Areas of expertise

  • QC Physics
  • Nuclear Physics


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  • Evolution of the nuclear spin-orbit splitting explored via the 32Si(d,p)33Si reaction using SOLARIS

    Chen, J., Kay, B. P., Hoffman, C. R., Tang, T. L., Tolstukhin, I. A., Bazin, D., Lubna, R. S., Ayyad, Y., Beceiro-Novo, S., Coombes, B. J., Freeman, S. J., Gaffney, L. P., Garg, R., Jayatissa, H., Kuchera, A. N., Macgregor, P., Mitchell, A. J., Mittig, W., Monteagudo, B., Munoz-Ramos, A., & 13 othersMüller-Gatermann, C., Recchia, F., Rijal, N., Santamaria, C., Serikow, M. Z., Sharp, D. K., Smith, J., Stecenko, J. K., Wilson, G. L., Wuosmaa, A. H., Yuan, C. X., Zamora, J. C. & Zhang, Y. N., 1 Jun 2024, In: Physics Letters B. 853, 138678.

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  • An innovative Superconducting Recoil Separator for HIE-ISOLDE

    Martel, I., Acosta, L., Aguado, J. L., Assie, M., Al-Aqeel, M. A. M., Ballarino, A., Barna, D., Berjillos, R., Bonora, M., Bontoiu, C., Borge, M. J. G., Briz, J. A., Bustinduy, I., Bottura, L., Catalina-Medina, L., Catford, W., Cederkäll, J., Davinson, T., De angelis, G., Devred, A., & 52 othersDíaz-Martín, C., Ekelöf, T., Felice, H., Fynbo, H., Foussat, A. P., Florin, R., Freeman, S. J., Gaffney, L., García-Ramos, C., Gentini, L., Gonzalez-Cordero, C. A., Guazzoni, C., Haziot, A., Heinz, A., Jimenez, J. M., Johnston, K., Jonson, B., Kirby, G., Kirby, O., Kurtukian-Nieto, T., Labiche, M., Liebsch, M., Losasso, M., Laird, A., Muñoz, J. L., Nara singh, B. S., Neyens, G., Napiorkowski, P. J., O'donnell, D., Page, R. D., Perini, D., Resta-López, J., Riddone, G., Rodriguez, J. A., Rodin, V., Russenschuck, S., Sharma, V. R., Salguero-Andújar, F., Sánchez-Segovia, J., Riisager, K., Sánchez-Benítez, A. M., Shepherd, B., Siesling, E., Smallcombe, J., Stanoiu, M., Tengblad, O., Thermeau, J. P., Tommasini, D., Uusitalo, J., Varnasseri, S., Welsch, C. P. & Willering, G., 1 Aug 2023, In: Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research. Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms. 541, p. 176-179

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  • Direct Determination of Fission-Barrier Heights Using Light-Ion Transfer in Inverse Kinematics

    Bennett, S. . A., Garrett, K., Sharp, D. K., Freeman, S. . J., Smith, A. G., Wright, T. . J., Kay, B. ., Tang, T. . L., Tolstukhin, I. . A., Ayyad, Y., Chen, J., Davies, P. . J., Dolan, A., Gaffney, L. . P., Heinz, A., Hoffman, C. R., Müller-Gatermann, C., Page, R. D. & Wilson, G. L., 19 May 2023, In: Physical Review Letters. 130, 20

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  • Evolution of nuclear structure in the neutron-rich Nb96,97,99 isotopes: Evidence for shape coexistence in N=58  99Nb

    Kumar, V., Chapman, R., O'donnell, D., Ollier, J., Orlandi, R., Smith, J. F., Spohr, K-M., Torres, D. A., Wady, P., Tandel, S. K., Freeman, S. J., De angelis, G., Mărginean, N., Napoli, D. R., Valiente-Dobón, J. J., Aydin, S., Farnea, E., Mărginean, R., Mengoni, D., Kröll, T., & 1 othersThompson, N., 19 Oct 2023, In: Physical Review C. 108, 4, 044313.

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    Freeman, S., 22 Mar 2023, Acta Physica Polonica B Proceedings . 4 ed. Acta Physica Polonica B, Vol. 16. (Acta Physica Polonica B : Elementary Particle Physics, Nuclear Physics, Statistical Physics, Theory of Relativity, Field Theory ).

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