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Research Group

Name of Research Group:Experimental Nuclear Physics: Laser Spectroscopy and Nuclear properties
Description of Research Group:
Investigating the exotic nuclear properties and structure of unstable nuclei far from the β-stability line remains a cornerstone of nuclear physics research. This has been triggered continuously by the unexpected phenomena observed in nuclei with an unusual proton to neutron ratio. Some examples are the changes of magic numbers, the inversion or intrusion of quantum orbits, halo and cluster structures, exotic nuclear shapes and so on, which were investigated under the joint effort of experimental and theoretical nuclear physicists. Laser spectroscopy, as one of the powerful experimental tools, has made significant contribution to investigate the afore-mentioned nuclear phenomena. This is realized by measuring multiple nuclear properties in a nuclear-model-independent way, such as nuclear spins, magnetic dipole and electric quadrupole moments and charge radii. Although standard laser spectroscopy techniques have been established at various facilities around the world, more advanced techniques are continuously needed, especially for high resolution and high efficiency measurement of exotic isotopes at very low production yield, which allows the exploration of new nuclear structure and dynamics in the vicinity of the nuclear driplines. Our research interests have been focused on the development of such high-precision and high sensitivity laser spectroscopy techniques and the associated exotic nuclear structure studies of unstable nuclei being pushed closer towards the proton and neutron-dripline.

Xiaofei Yang


Academic Title:Assistant Professor

Degree:Doctoral degree


School/Department:School of Physics



Dr. Xiaofei Yang is an assistant professor at Peking University. Her main research topics are the development of high-precision and high sensitivity laser spectroscopy techniques and the associated structure studies of exotic nuclei. She received her Ph.D. degree in nuclear physics from Peking University, China, in 2014. Her Ph.D. research work was conducted at RIKEN Nishina, Center, Japan...

  • Educational Experience
  • Work Experience

[1]  2005.9 to 2009.7
Lanzhou University  | Nuclear Science and Technology  | Bachelor's Degree  | Undergraduate (Bachelor’s degree)
[2]  2009.9 to 2014.7
Peking University  | Particle and Nuclear Physics  | Doctoral Degree  | Postgraduate (Doctoral)

[1]   2017.10 to  Now
Peking University  | School of Physics  | Assistant Professor
[2]   2016.5  to  2017.10
CERN  | ISOLDE  | Local member
[3]   2017.9  to  2017.10
KU Leuven, Belgium  | Institute for Nuclear and Radiation Physics  | Scientific Researcher
[4]   2014.9  to  2017.9
KU Leuven, Belgium  | Institute for Nuclear and Radiation Physics  | Postdoctoral fellow
[5]   2014.7  to  2014.9
Peking University  | School of Physics  | Visiting Scientist
[6]   2011.1  to  2014.2
RIKEN, Japan  | Radioactive Isotope Physics Laboratory, Nishina Center  | International Program Associate

Research Focus



Experimental Nuclear Physics:

  • Percision laser spectroscopy technique

  • Nuclear properties and exotic structure

Social Affiliations



2023.7 to Now

Science Bulletin 特邀编委成员


2023.8 to Now

Nature Review Physics期刊顾问委员会成员


2023.4 to Now



2022.5 to Now

欧洲核子研究中心ISOLDE放射性核束装置CRIS国际合作组指导委员会(Steering Committee)委员