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Date of Award

Summer 8-15-2016

Author's School

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Author's Department


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degree Type



In this work, the continuum decay of proton-rich nuclei with mass number A $\leq$ 17 was studied. The nuclear structure of these nuclei was assessed by measuring the decay energy, width, and momentum correlations between the decay fragments. In particular the Isobaric Analog State in $^{8}$B, the ground-state and excited states of $^{16}$Ne, the $T=3/2$ states in the $A=7$ isobaric chain, and the excited states of $^{9}$C and $^{17}$Ne were all studied. In addition a first measurement of $^{17}$Na was made. These states decay by emission of 1 or more protons and were populated through knockout reactions or inelastic scattering of $^{9}$C and $^{17}$Ne secondary beams produced at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory. The charged particles were detected in the High Resolution Array (HiRA) which, in these studies, consisted of 14 Si-CsI(Tl) telescopes. Gamma rays measured in coincidence with charged particles were measured in the 4$\pi$ array of CsI(Na) called CAESAR.


English (en)

Chair and Committee

Lee G. Sobotka

Committee Members

Robert Charity, Willem Dickhoff, Demetrios Sarantites, Jacob Schaefer


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