Professor Sean Freeman
Professor Sean Freeman completed his undergraduate studies in Physics at Oxford, and then undertook research for a PhD in Nuclear Physics at the Victoria University of Manchester. He held postdoctoral positions at Yale University, USA and the Niels Bohr Institute, Denmark, before returning to the UK. He is currently Professor of Nuclear Physics at The University of Manchester.
He uses a wide range of charged-particle and gamma-ray spectroscopy techniques to address questions in nuclear structure. Recently he has been interested in the use of direct reaction spectroscopy to investigate the evolution of nuclear shell structure with changing neutron-proton ratios. He is also engaged in a series of experiments addressing valence nucleon occupancies and pairing properties of nuclei involved in double beta decay, the results from which are being used to constrain models calculating the nuclear matrix elements for that process.
He has served on numerous UK and international advisory committees. He is currently chair of the Programme Advisory Committee for the Accelerator Laboratory at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland and is member of a similar committee for the ATLAS Facility at Argonne National Laboratory, USA. He was a recent chair of the STFC Nuclear Physics Grants Panel.