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David Brink

David Brink

Professor David Brink FRS


Elected: 1981


David Brink has contributed significantly to our understanding of nuclear structure and nuclear reactions. These contributions have established him as an original, energetic and resourceful nuclear theorist. His name is associated with fluctuation cross-sections, dipole strength functions, giant dipole oscillations of closed shells, generator coordinate methods for structure and reactions, angular momentum selection rules in ion–ion reactions and adiabatic time-dependent Hartree–Fock theory. Particularly admired is his work showing that almost all essential nuclear data can be reproduced with Hartree–Fock theory and a simple effective interaction; equally striking are his studies, pursued with remarkable insight, of the interplay between single-particle motion and between single-particle motion and cluster structure.

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