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Research interests

Alison is a professor of physics and is the head of the Nuclear Physics Research and Enterprise Group at the University of Brighton. She is an experimental gamma-ray spectroscopist and her research is based on experiments she leads at international laboratories including GSI/FAIR in Darmstadt, Germany, the University of Jyväskylä in Finland and the  Horia Hulubei National Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering (IFIN-HH) in Bucharest, Romania.

Alison is interested in measuring simple properties of exotic nuclei.  Her current focus is on neutron-rich A~100 nuclei where there is a prediction that the shape will change from prolate (rugby-ball shaped) to oblate (smartie shaped) as more neutrons are added. Her research teams produce these nuclei at experimental facilities around the world and study their properties in the short time (fractions of a second) before they decay into a different element.

Scholarly biography

Alison studied for her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of Manchester before undertaking post-doctoral research work at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen and at the University of Liverpool. After a spell as a Higher Scientific Officer at STFC Daresbury Laboratory, she joined the University of Brighton as a lecturer in physics and energy studies. She is now a professor of physics at Brighton and a fellow of the Institute of Physics. She is a member of the nuclear physics board of the European Physical Society  and regularly sits on Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) grant and fellowship panels. She recently participated in STFC's 2018 evaluation of the nuclear physics programme. 

She has supervised 12 doctorate (PhD) students to completion and is currently supervising a further two PhD students. She has examined over 20 PhD degrees at universities in the UK and in Australia, Finland, Norway, Spain and Sweden.


Approach to teaching

During my time at Brighton I have taught on a range of courses including physics, energy studies, engineering and mathematics. I am currently teaching mathematics to final year mathematics undergraduates and to first year civil engineering students. It is interesting and challenging to teach these two groups who approach the subject quite differently.

Supervising PhD students is an important part of my role and I enjoy working with them as they develop into independent researchers. Many of my students have gone on to positions in academic and research institutes including at the University of Liverpool, the University of Western Cape (South Africa)  and the Institute of Cancer Research. One of the best bits of my job is seeing students fulfil their potential and achieve their goals.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Manchester

External positions

Member, Nuclear Physics Division Board, EPS

Oct 2018 → …

Member of scientific steering committee of ENSAR2 framework NuSpIN

Feb 2016 → …

Chair, nuclear physics grants panel, STFC

Dec 2012Nov 2015

Member, nuclear physics grants panel, STFC

Aug 2007Nov 2015

Fellow, IoP, Institute of Physics

2005 → …


  • QC Physics
  • nuclear structure physics
  • gamma-ray spectroscopy
  • exotic nuclei

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nuclei Physics & Astronomy
neutrons Physics & Astronomy
isomers Physics & Astronomy
decay Physics & Astronomy
fragmentation Physics & Astronomy
half life Physics & Astronomy
gamma rays Physics & Astronomy
excitation Physics & Astronomy

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Projects 2007 2021

Research Output 2000 2018

  • 88 Article
  • 1 Conference contribution with ISSN or ISBN
  • 1 Other contribution

Is seniority a partial dynamic symmetry in the first νg9/2 shell?

Morales, A. I. , Benzoni, G. , Watanabe, H. , de Angelis, G. , Nishimura, S. , Coraggio, L. , Gargano, A. , Itaco, N. , Otsuka, T. , Tsunoda, Y. , Van Isacker, P. , Browne, F. , Daido, R. , Doornenbal, P. , Fang, Y. , Lorusso, G. , Patel, Z. , Rice, S. , Sinclair, L. , Söderström, P. A. & 43 others Sumikama, T., Valiente-Dobón, J. J., Wu, J., Xu, Z. Y., Yagi, A., Yokoyama, R., Baba, H., Avigo, R., Bello Garrote, F. L., Blasi, N., Bracco, A., Bruce, A. M., Camera, F., Ceruti, S., Crespi, F. C. L., Delattre, M. C., Dombradi, Z., Gottardo, A., Isobe, T., Kojouharov, I., Kurz, N., Kuti, I., Lalkovski, S., Matsui, K., Melon, B., Mengoni, D., Miyazaki, T., Modamio-Hoybjor, V., Momiyama, S., Napoli, D. R., Niikura, M., Orlandi, R., Podolyak, Z., Regan, P. H., Sakurai, H., Sahin, E., Sohler, D., Schaffner, H., Taniuchi, R., Taprogge, J., Vajta, Z., Wieland, O. & Yalcinkaya, M. 10 Jun 2018 781, p. 706-712 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
quantum numbers

Lifetime measurements in A∼100 nuclei using LaBr3(Ce) arrays

Bruce, A. M. 16 May 2018 The 16th International Symposium on Capture Gamma-Ray Spectroscopy and Related Topics. Vol. 178, 02010. (EPJ Web of Conferences)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution with ISSN or ISBN

Open Access
life (durability)

NUSTAR: NUclear STructure Astrophysics and Reactions at FAIR

3 Jul 2018 7 p.

Research output: Other contribution

nuclear structure

94 β-Decay Half-Lives of Neutron-Rich 55Cs to 67Ho: Experimental Feedback and Evaluation of the r-Process Rare-Earth Peak Formation

Wu, J., Nishimura, S., Lorusso, G., Moller, P., Ideguchi, E., Regan, P. H., Simpson, G. S., Söderström, P-A., Browne, F. & Bruce, A. 16 Feb 2017 118

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Abrupt shape transition at neutron number N=60: B(E2) values in 94,96,98Sr from fast γ-γ timing

Régis, J-M., Jolie, J., Saed-Samii, N., Warr, N., Pfeiffer, M., Blanc, A., Jentschel, M., Koster, U., Bruce, A. & Roberts, O. 23 May 2017 95, 5

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access