Robin Smith joined Sheffield Hallam as a physics lecturer in August 2017 after completing his PhD in nuclear physics at the University of Birmingham. He specialises in the fields of nuclear structure and nuclear astrophysics, examining the shapes of atomic nuclei and determining the rates of fusion reactions in stars.
He has authored a number of peer-reviewed publications in both theoretical and experimental nuclear physics. His latest publication on the structure of the carbon-12 Hoyle state was featured in Physics World magazine. The experiment itself appeared in the BBC television show, The Beginning and the End of the Universe.
Physics and Engineering Mathematics
Exploring the universe. Explorations in mathematics. Level 4 Mathematics
Electromagnetism. Mechanics, Relativity and Electromagnetism. Level 5 Physics
Physics laboratory. The Professional and Practical Physicist 2. Level 5 Physics
Smith, R., Freer, M., Wheldon, C., Curtis, N., Almaraz-Calderon, S., Aprahamian, A., ... Ziman, V.A. (2017). Disentangling unclear nuclear breakup channels of beryllium-9 using the three-axis Dalitz plot. Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 863 (1), 012032. http://doi.org/10.1088/1742-6596/863/1/012032
Smith, R., Kokalova, T., Wheldon, C., Bishop, J.E., Freer, M., Curtis, N., & Parker, D.J. (2017). New Measurement of the Direct 3α Decay from the 12C Hoyle State. Physical Review Letters, 119, 132502. http://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.132502
Caprio, M.A., Maris, P., Vary, J.P., & Smith, R. (2015). Collective rotation from ab initio theory. International Journal of Modern Physics E, 24 (09), 1541002. http://doi.org/10.1142/S0218301315410025