The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a $513,000 grant to Con Beausang, professor and chair of the physics department at the University of Richmond. The grant will allow Beausang to continue his work in nuclear stewardship science.

Beausang and his team hope to develop a new detector of gamma rays, with unprecedented sensitivity. The device is called the Gamma Ray Energy Tracking Array (GRETA). He will also carry out a series of experiments to measure neutron induced cross sections on radioactive nuclei using the surrogate reaction technique.

The award funds the salaries of a postdoctoral fellow, resident graduate student and Richmond undergraduate student researchers who will collaborate with him. Their research results could be valuable for national security and energy needs.

Beausang received a B.A. from University College in Cork, Ireland, and a Ph.D. from the State University of New York, Stony Brook.

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Professor of Physics, Robert E. and Lena F. Loving Chair
Low-energy nuclear structure physics
Gamma-ray spectroscopy
Stockpile Stewardship
Environmental Radiation