Wilton Catford is one of the five nuclear experimentalists on the staff at the University of Surrey and leads the Nuclear Physics Experimental Group. His research interests are in nuclear spectroscopy and reactions, with particular emphasis on light to medium mass nuclei with a large neutron excess or a highly deformed cluster structure. His main research activity is with the TIARA and SHARC/TIGRESS collaborations, studying nucleon transfer with radioactive beams or halo or clustering phenomena via experiments - currently mainly at GANIL and at TRIUMF. He is the instigator and project leader for TIARA. He has also taken an active involvement in working towards the next generation of intense radioactive beam facilities being proposed for Europe, and is a keen supporter of the facilities SPIRAL2 (in France, at GANIL), HIE-ISOLDE at CERN and the European FAIR facility at Darmstadt in Germany.

He has from time to time engaged in gamma-ray studies, and he led the TaLL collaboration which successfully demonstrated gamma-ray spectroscopy using a radioactive beam of Ne19 at Louvain-la-Neuve . He is enthusiastic about the opportunities for gamma-ray studies using radioactive beams, and the idea behind the major TIARA project is to combine the benefits of state-of-the-art gamma-ray and charged particle techniques. He sits on the Steering Committee for the European  gamma-ray array EXOGAM, which was designed using many of the lessons learnt in TaLL. Applications of physics also interest him, and over coffee he will even talk to you about applications of nuclear detection techniques to medical and environmental problems.

In Cricket , he fails the Norman Tebbit test with flying colours and supports Australia against everyone (like a true Aussie should) and England against noone.

In Art , as in life, he can't take himself too seriously since he discovered that he likes the work of Mark Rothko . His taste in music can perhaps best be described as eclectic, but tragically hip covers it reasonably well.

Some introductory papers about TIARA are here.
A complete description about doing nucleon transfer experiments is here

Read Brian May's Letter to Nature :   Brian May in Nature

Read about the University of Surrey's claim to fame in Rock'n'Roll History here

Read    an excellent Drinking Song       or     .... See a CAT scan:  Cat Scan

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Wilton N. Catford            E-mail:
Department of Physics
University of Surrey
Surrey  UK   GU2 7XH

Tel: +44 [0]1483 686804
Fax: +44 [0]1483 686781

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