Henry R. Weller

Professor Emeritus

Tunl, Durham, NC 27708
Campus Box: 
(919) 660-2633
(919) 660-2634


Dr. Weller's research program at TUNL has been concentrated on using radiative capture reactions induced by polarized beams of protons and deuterons to study nuclear systems. These measurements have permitted him to observe the "D-state" in the 4He nucleus, which arises from the two body tensor force. This result changes the rate of the d+d fusion reaction by almost a factor of 50 at very low energies. This is of great interest in nuclear astrophysics. In the past year, he has focused on studies of (d,n) reactions using very low energy polarized beams. Such studies have not been previously performed. These reactions are of great interest in nuclear astrophysics. Dr. Weller is also working to help develop an intense beam of polarized gamma-rays using the facilities of the Duke Free Electron Laser Laboratory. (Dr. Weller is the Nuclear Physics Program Manager and is in charge of the development of the target room for the HIGS Project at DFELL). This beam will ultimately allow new experimental studies capable of testing fundamental aspects of Quantum Chromodynamics in the low-energy sector, such as the up-to-down quark mass ratio. The experiments at HIGS require very sophisticated targets and detector systems. Dr. Weller is leading the development of these. The first experiments using these setups and the upgraded HIGS facility are expected to begin in the spring of 2008.

Ph.D. - Duke University

Research Opportunities at the Upgraded HIGS Facility
In Chiral Dynamics 2006 edited by M. Ahmed, H. Gao, B. Holstein and H. R. Weller. ; 27 Warren St., Suite 401, Hackensack, NJ: World Scientific Publishing Co..

Future plans for measuring the GDH Integrand on the Dueteron at HIGS
In Proceedings of the Third International Symposium on the GDH Sum Rule and its extensions edited by S. Kuhn. ; pp. 269. : World Scientific Publishing Co. Ptc., Ltd..

The HIGS Facility: A Free-Electron Laser Generated Gamma-Ray Beam for Research in Nuclear Physics
In Few-Body Problems in Physics edited by W. Gloeckle and W. Tornow. 2004; pp. S378. : Elsevier.

A Study of the GDH Sum Rule Integrand for the Deuteron at TUNL and HIGS Near Photdisintegration Threshold
In Proceedings of the Second International Symposium on the Gerasimov-Drell-Hearn Sum Rule and the Spin Structure of the Deuteron edited by M. Anghinolfi, M. Battagleiri, and R. De Vita. ; pp. 173. : World Scientific.

Low Energy Proton-Radiative-Capture Measurements and Astrophysical S-factors
In Proceedings of the Eleventh International Symposium on Capture Gamma-Ray Spectroscopy and RElated Topics edited by J. Kvasil, P. Cejnar, and M. Krticka. ; : World Scientific.

The HIGS Facility-A Free-Electron Laser Genrated Gamma-Ray Beam for Nuclear Physics
In Proceedings of the International Symposium: Electromagnetic Interactions in Nuclear and Hadron Physics edited by Mamoru Fujiwara and Tatsushi Shima. ; : World Scientific Publishing Co..

"Past, Present, and Future Studies of the GDH Sum Rule for D and 3He at TUNL"
In Proceedings of the Symposium on the GDH Sum Rule edited by Drechsel and Tiator. ; : World Scientific Publishing Co., Sinagpore.

A Free-Electron Laser Generated Gamma-Ray Beam for Nuclear Physics
In Proceedings of the Symposium on Fundamental Issues in Elementary Matter edited by W. Greiner. ; : EP Systems, Debrecen, Hungary.

"Threshold Contribution to the GDH Sum Rule in 3He,"
In Proceedings of the 16th International IUPAP Conference on Few-Body Problems in Physics edited by Chung, Ho, Lee and Yang. ; : Elsevier, Amsterdam.

“Working Group on Electromagnetic Production of Goldstone Bosons”
In Chiral Dynamics: Theory and Experiment edited by Springer. ; : .