Paul Garrett awarded largest single NSERC discovery grant in Canada to continue studies in subatomic physics

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Neutron detector

U of G received the largest single discovery grant unveiled today. Physics professor Paul Garrett was awarded $790,000 to continue studies in subatomic physics, including the operation of the DESCANT (Deuterated Scintillator Array for Neutron Tagging) project at the TRIUMF laboratory in British Columbia.

A New Triumph at TRIUMF

Paul Garrett, chair of the Department of Physics, will use his five-year grant to continue studies of nuclear structure and nuclear astrophysics.

He’s refining and using DESCANT detectors at TRIUMF – as well as the Guelph-led TIGRESS and GRIFFIN gamma-ray spectrometers – to study atomic nuclei produced by the TRIUMF accelerator.

He’s probing the inner workings of the atomic nucleus and the formation of many of the elements in the universe, and is seeking evidence for a new theory beyond the current Standard Model of particle physics.

Explaining that his research might help improve nuclear reactor designs and waste storage, Garrett said, “The ongoing support of NSERC will enable us to continue to pursue knowledge at the forefront of nuclear physics.

“Beyond extending knowledge, the most important products of our research are our students and post-doctoral fellows. Our research attracts the `best and the brightest,’ who pursue positions in fields from finance and medical applications to reactor safety and design.”

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