Greg Christian


Greg is the latest member of the Dragon team. Greg earned his bachelors degree in physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his masters and PhD degrees from Michigan State University.  His work at MSU consisted of studying particle-unbound states in nuclei near and beyond the neutron dripline, using the Modular Neutron Array (MoNA) and beams from the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL).  His masters thesis involved the study of neutron-unbound states populated from direct fragmentation of 48Ca, and his PhD thesis consisted of studying neutron-unbound levels in 27,28F.  These nuclei are located close to the magic number N = 20, and their structure helps to explain the onset of intruder confugurations in nuclei with large neutron excess (a region of the nuclear chart often referred to as the "island of inversion").  In particular, by measuring the ground state energy of neutron-unbound 28F, he and his co-workers were able to determine a low-Z or "southern" shore of the island of inversion for N = 19 isotones.

After finishing his PhD, Greg came to TRIUMF as a postdoc in the DRAGON group.  He is looking forward to working in a different lab as well as a different subfield (nuclear astrophysics vs. nuclear structure).  Outside of physics, his interests include bicycle racing, hiking, cooking, and a variety of other activities.