Aaron Hurst

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Dr. Aaron Hurst undertook a Ph. D. in nuclear physics under the tutelage of Prof. Peter Butler at the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom. His thesis topic focused on radioactive-beam Coulomb-excitation measurements using the Radioactive ion-beam Experiment Isotope Separator Online (REX-ISOLDE) facility at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland. After receiving his Ph.D. in 2007, he embarked upon a postdoctoral position with Dr. Mark Stoyer in the Experimental Nuclear Physics Group of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California. Here, he continued his work on exotic-beam physics at TRIUMF, Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics located in Vancouver, in addition to heavy-ion few-nucleon transfer reactions at the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois. Dr. Hurst later began working on nuclear data projects in collaboration with the Global Security Directorate at LLNL and the Isotopes Project at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). This involvement led to his current position as a scientist in the Isotopes Project Group at LBNL since 2010, working with Dr. Richard Firestone and Dr. Shamsuzzoha Basunia, where he contributes to the evaluation and development effort of nuclear data libraries important to the US Nuclear Data Program, the National Nuclear Data Center and the International Atomic Energy Agency. His current research interests focus primarily on neutron-capture reactions and statistical modeling.

Selected Publications:

A. M. Hurst et al. Investigation of the tungsten isotopes via thermal neutron capture, Physical Review C, vol. 89, p: 014606 (2014).
A. M. Hurst et al. Rotational alignments in 235Np and the possible role of j15/2 neutrons, Physical Review C, vol. 81, p: 014312 (2010).
A. M. Hurst et al. Narrowing of the neutron sd-pf shell gap in 29Na, Physics Letters B, vol. 682, p: 391 (2009).
A. M. Hurst et al. Measurement of the Sign of the Spectroscopic Quadrupole Moment for the 2+1 state in 70Se: No Evidence for Oblate Shape, Physical Review Letters, vol. 98, p: 072501 (2007).

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