Jonathan Mueller, Post Doctoral Associate  

Jonathan Mueller

Office Location: 422 TUNL
Office Phone: 919-660-2497
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Experimental nuclear physics
Theoretical nuclear physics

B.S., Washington University in St. Louis, 2009

Research Categories: Nuclear Physics

Research Description: I am primarily interested in photoneutron angular distributions during active interrogation with the High Intensity Gamma ray Source (HIGS). Prompt neutrons are emitted via the (gamma, n) and (gamma, fission) reactions. By using linearly polarized photons, we can investigate asymmetries in the angular distributions, and these asymmetries may be of use in uniquely identifying the isotopic composition of the target material. A potential application of this research is the development of a method of actively interrogating cargo containers in US ports for fissionable materials.

Recent Publications

  1. J. M. Mueller, M. W. Ahmed, B. Davis, J. M. Hall, S. S. Henshaw, M. S. Johnson, H. J. Karwowski, D. Markoff, L. S. Myers, B. A. Perdue, S. Stave, J. R. Tompkins, M. J. Tuffley, H. R. Weller, Measurement of Prompt Neutron Polarization Asymmetries in Photofission of 235,238U, 239Pu, and 232Th, Physical Review C, vol. 85 (2012), pp. 014605 [doi] .
  2. J. M. Mueller, R. J. Charity, R. Shane, L. G. Sobotka, S. J. Waldecker, W. H. Dickhoff, A. S. Crowell, J. H. Esterline, B. Fallin, C. R. Howell, C. Westerfeldt, M. Youngs, B. J. Crowe III, R. S. Pedroni, Asymmetry dependence of nucleon correlations in spherical nuclei extracted from a dispersive-optical-model analysis, Physical Review C, vol. 83 (2011), pp. 064605 [doi] .
  3. R. J. Charity, J. M. Mueller, L. G. Sobotka, W. H. Dickhoff, Dispersive-optical-model analysis of the asymmetry dependence of correlations in Ca isotopes, Physical Review C, vol. 76 (2007), pp. 044314 [doi] .