Werner Tornow

Werner Tornow

Professor Emeritus of Physics

Office Location: 
414 Tunl, Durham, NC 27708
Front Office Address: 
Box 90308, Durham, NC 27708-0308
(919) 660-2637


Professor Werner Tornow became the Director of TUNL in July, 1996. He is primarily interested in studying few-nucleon systems with special emphasis on two-nucleon systems and three-nucleon force effects in three-nucleon systems. Polarized beams and polarized targets are essential in this work. He collaborates with the leading theoreticians in his field to interpret the experimental data obtained at TUNL. He recently became involved in weak-interaction physics, especially in double-beta decay studies and in neutrino oscillation physics using large scale detectors at the Kamland project in Japan.

Bhike, M., and W. Tornow. “Neutron-capture cross-section measurements of Xe 136 between 0.4 and 14.8 MeV.” Physical Review C  Nuclear Physics, vol. 89, no. 3, Mar. 2014. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevC.89.031602. Full Text

Derya, V., et al. “Isospin properties of electric dipole excitations in 48Ca.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 730, Mar. 2014, pp. 288–92. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2014.01.050. Full Text

Abgrall, N., et al. “The Majorana Demonstrator neutrinoless double-beta decay experiment.” Advances in High Energy Physics, vol. 2014, Mar. 2014. Scopus, doi:10.1155/2014/365432. Full Text

Sauerwein, A., et al. “Determination of the Ce 142 (,n) cross section using quasi-monoenergetic Compton backscattered rays.” Physical Review C  Nuclear Physics, vol. 89, no. 3, Mar. 2014. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevC.89.035803. Full Text

Tornow, W. W., and W. Tornow. “Search for neutrinoless double-beta decay.” 34th International Symposium on Physics in Collision, Pic 2014, Jan. 2014.

Martin, R. D., et al. “Status of the Majorana Demonstrator experiment.” Aip Conference Proceedings, vol. 1604, Jan. 2014, pp. 413–20. Scopus, doi:10.1063/1.4883459. Full Text

Tornow, W. “Recent Experiments Involving Few-Nucleon Systems.” Few Body Systems, vol. 55, no. 8–10, Jan. 2014, pp. 581–88. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s00601-014-0836-0. Full Text

Finnerty, P., et al. “The Majorana Demonstrator: Progress towards showing the feasibility of a tonne-scale 76Ge neutrinoless double-beta decay experiment.” Journal of Physics: Conference Series, vol. 485, no. 1, Jan. 2014. Scopus, doi:10.1088/1742-6596/485/1/012042. Full Text

Leviner, L. E., et al. “A segmented, enriched N-type germanium detector for neutrinoless double beta-decay experiments.” Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, vol. 735, Jan. 2014, pp. 66–77. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.nima.2013.08.081. Full Text Open Access Copy

Isaak, J., et al. “Constraining nuclear photon strength functions by the decay properties of photo-excited states.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 727, no. 4–5, Dec. 2013, pp. 361–65. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2013.10.040. Full Text


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