My current project is a personal post-doc project financed by the Research Council of Norway. The project is entitled "Nuclear Structure Studies Relevant for Astrophysics", and the main idea is to study how the atomic nucleus gets rid of its excess energy when heated up to temperatures corresponding to astrophysical environments. The project is hosted by the Department of Physics, University of Oslo, and is one of the projects of the nuclear-physics group at the Oslo Cyclotron Laboratory.
It turns out that some atomic nuclei could do funny things when it comes to disposing its energy through gamma radiation, as in the case of the iron isotope 56Fe, which really likes to emit low-energy radiation; see our recent Physical Review Letter (it’s also on the open-access arXiv).
It made me think of a quote of Michael Faraday:
Nothing is too wonderful to be true, if it be consistent with the laws of Nature, and in such things as these, experiment is the best test of such consistency.
I look forward to see what other nice surprises the atomic nucleus might have in hand for us!