My name is Jianping Lai, a physics postdoc at university of Notre Dame. My research focuses on using nuclear reactions to study nuclear structures.

My current project covers from building an all-in-one detector (active target time projection chamber, namely AT-TPC), deploying muti-channel digital data acquisition system (GET electronics) to developing data analysis code, optimizing analysis algorithm and proposing new projects. Essentially,  everything from front to end.

I obtained my PhD at Louisiana State/Sports University (LSU), with a background of studying nuclear reactions of astrophysical interest, specifically rp-process reactions related to Type 1a Supernovae, X-Ray Burst. During my PhD, I spent majority of the time building an experimental setup, including a fast ionization detector, for  nuclear astrophysics studies, at ANL, where I also finished my thesis project “A Direct Study of $$^{20}\textrm{Ne}(\alpha,\textrm{p})^{23}\textrm{Na}$$ reaction using HELIOS”.

Besides research related abilities, I have extensive interets in programming techniques, including basic Objective Oriented Programming, OpenCL (heterogenous platform computing), Machine Learning, distributed computing (Hadoop, Google cloud) and much more.


Lai J. et al.,”Studying $$^{20}\textrm{Ne}(\alpha,\textrm{p})^{23}\textrm{Na}$$directly with HELIOS” Oral presentation at APS Meeting, Santa Fe, NM, October 2015

Lai, J. et al., ”Studying $$^{20}\textrm{Ne}(\alpha,\textrm{p})^{23}\textrm{Na}$$ directly with HELIOS”, Oral presentation at Gordon Research Seminar and poster at Gordon Research Conference, New London, NH, May 2015.

Lai, J. et al., ”Studying $$^{20}\textrm{Ne}(\alpha,\textrm{p})^{23}\textrm{Na}$$ directly with HELIOS”, Oral presentation at JINA-CEE Frontiers in Nuclear Astrophysics Meeting, East Lansing, MI, March 2015.

Lai, J. et al.,”Direct studies of $$(\alpha,\textrm{p})$$ reactions with HELIOS”, Oral presentation at APS Meeting, Kona, HI, Octobor 2014.

Lai, J. et al.,”A New Gas Ionization Chamber For HELIOS”, poster at Argonne National Lab, Lemont, IL, June 2013.

Lai, J. et al., ”A New Gas Ionization Chamber For HELIOS”, Oral presentation at APS Meeting, Newport Beach, CA, October 2012.


Lai, J., et al., ”Development of Position Sensitive Ion Chambers” In preparation.

Lai, J., et al., ”A Direct Study of $$^{20}\textrm{Ne}(\alpha,\textrm{p})^{23}\textrm{Na}$$ Reaction with HELIOS” In preparation.

Afanasieva, L., et al., ”Gamma spectroscopy of states in $$^{32}\textrm{Cl}$$ relevant for the $$^{31}\textrm{S}(\textrm{p},\gamma)^{32}\textrm{Cl}$$ reaction rate” submitted.

Avila, M. L., et al. ”Study of $$(\alpha,\textrm{p})$$ and $$(\alpha,\textrm{n})$$ reactions with a Multi-Sampling Ionization Chamber” submitted.

Deibel, C. M., et al., ”First Measurement of the $$^{37}\textrm{K (\textrm{p},\alpha)^{34}\textrm{Ar}$$ reaction”, (in preparation).

Avila, M. L.,”Experimental study of the astrophysically important $$^{23}\textrm{Na}(\alpha,\textrm{p})^{26}\textrm{Mg}$$ and $$^{23}\textrm{Na}(\alpha,\textrm{n})^{26}\textrm{Al}$$ reactions”.  Phys. Rev. C 94, 065804

J. Belarge, ”Experimental Investigation of the $$^{19}\textrm{Ne}(\textrm{p},\gamma)^{20}\textrm{Na}$$ Reaction Rate and Implications for Breakout from the Hot CNO Cycle”. Phys. Rev. Lett. 117, 182701

Carnelli, P. F. F., et al.”Measurements of Fusion Reactions of Low-Intensity Radioactive Carbon Beams Fon $$^{12}\textrm{C}$$ and their Implications for the Understanding of X-Ray Bursts.” Phys. Rev. Lett. 112.19 (2014): 192701.

Carnelli, P. F. F., et al.”Multi-Sampling Ionization Chamber (MUSIC) for measurements of fusion reactions with radioactive beams.” Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment 799 (2015): 197-202.

Dickerson, C. A., et al.”A FAST, COMPACT PARTICLE DETECTOR FOR TUNING RADIOAC-TIVE BEAMS AT ATLAS.” MOPA29, these proceedings, HIAT15, Yokohama, Japan (2015).

Santiago-Gonzalez, D., et al.”Fusion measurements of $$^{12}\textrm{C}$$+$$^{12}\textrm{C}$$ at energies of astrophysical interest.” EPJ Web of Conferences. Vol. 117. EDP Sciences, 2016.

Avila, M. L., et al.”Study of the 20, 22Ne+ 20, 22Ne and 10, 12, 13, 14, 15C+ 12C Fusion Reactions with MUSIC.” EPJ Web of Conferences. Vol. 117. EDP Sciences, 2016.