Birger B. Back

Chief - Low Energy Nuclear Physics Group

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Birger B. Back


Ph.D.   1974          University of Copenhagen, Denmark (Nuclear Physics)
M.Sc.   1970          University of Copenhagen, Denmark (Mathematics-Physics)


2007-Present         Chief, Low Energy Group, Physics Div., Argonne National Laboratory
2003-Present         Senior Physicist, Argonne National Laboratory
1982-2003             Physicist, Argonne National Laboratory
1977-1982             Assistant Physicist, Argonne National Laboratory
1977                      Visiting Staff Member, Los Alamos National Laboratory
1974-1977             Postdoctoral Appointee, Niels Bohr Institute

2002-2003             Detailee for Heavy-Ion Research, Department of Energy, Washington, DC
1992-1993             Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
1983-1984             Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark

Honors and Awards:
Exceptional Performance Award, Argonne National Laboratory (1993)
Outstanding Referee, American Physical Society journals, 2008
Fellowship, American Physical Society (2002)

Selected Professional Activities:
ATLAS Program Advisory Committee
ALICE Review Panel, DOE

Research Interests and Projects:
Nuclear Fission, Light-Ion Transfer Reactions, Heavy Ion Fusion, Relativistic Heavy-ion Collisions

Recent publications

Single-neutron energies outside 136Xe
     B. P. Kay et al.
            Phys. Rev. C 84, 024325 (2011)

Search for a 2-quasiparticle high-K isomer in 256Rf
     A. P. Robinson et al.
            Phys. Rev. C 83, 064311 (2011)

Fusion Reactions with the One-Neutron Halo Nucleus 15C
     M. Alcorta et al.
            Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 172701 (2011)

Charged-particle multiplicity and pseudorapidity distributions measured with the PHOBOS detector in Au+Au, Cu+Cu, d+Au, and p+p collisions at ultrarelativistic energies
     B. Alver et al.
            Phys. Rev. C 83, 024913 (2011)

Commissioning of the HELIOS spectrometer
     J.C. Lighthall et al.
            Nucl. Instr. Meth. A622, 97-106 (2010)

15C(d,p)16C Reaction and Exotic Behavior in 16C
     A. H. Wuosmaa et al.
            Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 132501 (2010)

Fusion hindrance for Al-27 + Sc-45 and other systems with a positive Q value
     C. L. Jiang et al.
            Phys. Rev. C 81, 024611 (2010)

Event-by-Event Fluctuations of Azimuthal Particle Anisotropy in Au+Au Collisions at √sNN=200 GeV
     B.Alver et al.
            Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 142301 (2010)

First Experiment with HELIOS: The Structure of 13B
     B.B.Back et al.
            Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 132501 (2010)

System size dependence of cluster properties from two-particle angular correlations in Cu+Cu and Au+Au collisions at √sNN=200 GeV
     B.Alver et al.
             Phys. Rev. C 81, 024904 (2010)

High transverse momentum triggered correlations over a large pseudorapidity acceptance in   Au+Au collisions at √sNN = 200 GeV
     B.Alver et al.
            Phys. Rev. Lett.  104, 062301 (2010)

System Size, Energy, and Centrality Dependence of Pseudorapidity Distributions of Charged Particles in Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collisions
     B.Alver et al.
            Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 142301 (2009)

Survey of Heavy-Ion Fusion Hindrance for Lighter Systems  
     C.L. Jiang, K.E.Rehm, B.B.Back, and R.V.F.Janssens
            Phys. Rev. C 79, 44601 (2009)

Spectroscopy of 257Rf
     J. Qian et al.
            Phys. Rev. C 79, 64319 (2009)

Kπ = 8− isomers and Kπ = 2− octupole vibrations in N = 150 shell-stabilized isotones
     A. P. Robinson et al.
            Phys. Rev. C 78, 034308 (2008)

Scaling Properties in Bulk and pT-dependent Particle Production near Midrapidity in Relativistic Heavy Ion Collision
     B. Alver et al.
            Phys. Rev. C 80, 11901 (2009)

Identified Charged Antiparticle to Particle Ratios near Midrapidity in Cu+Cu Collisions at √sNN =62.4 and 200 GeV
     B. Alver et al.
            Phys. Rev. C 77, 061901(R) (2008)    

The Importance of Correlations and Fluctuations on the Initial Source Eccentricity in High-Energy Nucleus-Nucleus Collisions
     B. Alver et al.
            Phys. Rev. C 77, 014906 (2008)

Fusion hindrance for a positive Q-value system
     C.L. Jiang et al.
            Phys. Rev. C 78, 017601, 2008)

A Solenoidal Spectrometer for Reactions in Inverse Kinematics
     A. H. Wuosmaa, J. P. Schiffer, B. B. Back, C. J. Lister, K. E. Rehm
            Nucl. Instr. Meth. A580, 1290 (2007)

Consequences of Energy Conservation in Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collisions.
     B.B. Back
            Phys. Rev. C72, 064906 (2005)


10 Most cited papers

The PHOBOS perspective on discoveries at RHIC
     B.B.Back et al.
            Nucl. Phys. A757, 28 (2005)

Charged particle multiplicity near mid-rapidity in central Au+Au collisions √sNN = 56 and 130 GeV
     B.B.Back et al.
            Phys. Rev. Lett. 85, 3100 (2000)

Startup of the Fragment Mass Analyser at Atlas
     C.N.Davids et al.
            Nucl. Instr. Meth. B70, 358 (1992)

Quasi-Fission: The Mass Drift Mode in Heavy Ion Reactions
J.Tōke et al.
            Nucl. Phys. A440, 327 (l985)

Fission of Doubly Even Actinide Nuclei Induced by Direct Reactions
     B.B.Back, Ole Hansen, H.C.Britt, and J.D.Garrett
            Phys. Rev. C 9, 1924 (1974)

Fission and Quasifission in U-Induced Reactions
     W.Q.Shen et al.
            Phys. Rev. C 36, 115  (1987)

Angular Distributions in Heavy Ion Induced Fission
     B.B.Back et al.
            Phys. Rev. C 32, 195-213 (1985) 

The Significance of the Fragmentation Region in Ultrarelativistic Heavy-Ion Collisions
     B.B.Back et al.
            Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 052303 (2003)

Precompound Emission of Light Particles in the Reaction 16O + 238U at 20 MeV/nucleon
     T.C.Awes, G.Poggi, C.K.Gelbke, B.B.Back, B.G.Glagola, H.Breuer and V.E.Viola, Jr.
            Phys. Rev. C 24, 89 (1981)

Linear Momentum Transfer In Nonrelativistic Nucleus-Nucleus Reactions
     V.E.Viola, Jr., B.B.Back, K.L.Wolf, T.C.Awes, C.K.Gelbke, and H.Breuer
            Phys. Rev. C 26, 178 (1982)