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Gencho Y. Rusev

Gencho Rusev

Phone (505) 665-7784


  • Nuclear and Particle Physics, Astrophysics, and Cosmology
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Astrophysics
  • Detector expertise in nuclear threat reduction
  • Neutrons
  • Nuclear, data and cross-section measurements


Neutron-capture, neutron-induced fission, and neutron scattering reactions.

Photon scattering and photonuclear reactions.

Nuclear structure studies.

Fission-fragment detectors development.


Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat., magna cum laude) in Physics from Technische Universität Dresden, Germany, January 2007. Title of dissertation "Dipole-strength distributions below the giant dipole resonance in 92Mo, 98Mo and 100Mo". Advisor: Prof. Dr. E. Grosse. MSc (GPA 5.63/6.00) in Nuclear Physics and Elementary Particles from the University of Sofia, Bulgaria, November 1999. Title of thesis "A magnetic band in the 123Xe nucleus". Advisor: Prof. D. Balabanski.


LANL Positions

Scientist 2, Nuclear and Radiochemistry Group, August 2014 - present. Postdoctoral Research Associate, Nuclear and Radiochemistry Group, November 2011 - August 2014.


Professional Societies

American Physical Society, Division of Nuclear Physics, since 2007. European Physical Society, Division of Nuclear Physics, since 2013.  



"Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf Anerkennungspreis" (2008). Awarded by the Research Center Dresden-Rossendorf. "On the Spot Award" (2012). Awarded by the Chemistry Division at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.



US Patent 9,081,108: M. Jandel, G. Rusev, T. N. Taddeucci, "System for Detecting Special Nuclear Materials", issued 7/14/2015.  



(Selected publications out of 75. See the attached files for complete publications list.)

Pygmy and core polarization dipole modes in 206Pb: Connecting nuclear structure to stellar nucleosynthesis, A. P. Tonchev, N. Tsoneva, C. Bhatia, C. W. Arnold, S. Goriely, S. L. Hammond, J. H. Kelley, E. Kwan, H. Lenske, J. Piekarewicz, R. Raut, G. Rusev, T. Shizuma, and W. Tornow, Phys. Lett. B773, 20 (2017).

Fission-neutrons source with fast neutron-emission timing, G. Rusev, B. Baramsai, E. M. Bond, and M. Jandel, Nucl. Instrum. Methods A 817, 26 (2016).

Fission-fragment detector for DANCE based on thin scintillating films, G. Rusev, A. R. Roman, J. K. Daum, R. K. Springs, E. M. Bond, M. Jandel, B. Baramsai, T. A. Bredeweg, A. Couture, A. Favalli, K. D. Ianakiev, M. L. Iliev, S. Mosby, J. L. Ullmann, and C. L. Walker, Nucl. Instrum. Methods A 804, 207 (2015).

Bubble chambers for experiments in nuclear astrophysics, B. DiGiovine, D. Henderson, R. J. Holt, R. Raut, K. E. Rehm, A. Robinson, A. Sonnenschein, G. Rusev, A. P. Tonchev, and C. Ugalde, Nucl. Instrum. Methods A 781, 96 (2015).

Cross-Section Measurements of the 86Kr(g,n) Reaction to Probe the s-Process Branching at 85Kr,  R. Raut, A. P. Tonchev, G. Rusev, W. Tornow, C. Iliadis, M. Lugaro, J. Buntain, S. Goriely, J. H. Kelley, R. Schwengner, A. Banu, and N. Tsoneva, Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 112501 (2013).

Fine Structure of the Giant M1 Resonance in 90Zr, G. Rusev, N. Tsoneva, F. Dönau, S. Frauendorf, R. Schwengner, A. P. Tonchev, A. S. Adekola, S. L. Hammond, J. H. Kelley, E. Kwan, H. Lenske, W. Tornow, and A. Wagner, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 022503 (2013).

Photodisintegration Cross Section of the Reaction 4He(g,p)3H between 22 and 30 MeV, R. Raut, W. Tornow, M. W. Ahmed, A. S. Crowell, J. H. Kelley, G. Rusev, S. C. Stave, and A. P. Tonchev, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 042502 (2011).

Discrete deexcitations in 235U below 3 MeV from nuclear resonance fluorescence, E. Kwan, G. Rusev, A. S. Adecola, S. L. Hammond, C. R. Howell, H. J. Karwowski, J. H. Kelley, R. S. Pedroni, R. Raut, A. P. Tonchev,  and W. Tornow, Phys. Rev. C 83, 041601(R) (2011).

Multipole mixing ratios of transitions in 11B, G. Rusev, A. P. Tonchev, R. Schwengner, C. Sun, W. Tornow, and Y. K. Wu, Phys. Rev. C 79, 047601 (2009).

Decay of 1+ States as a New Probe of the Structure of 0+ Shape Isomers, G. Rusev,  R. Schwengner, F. Dönau, et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 062501 (2005).


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