Minister of Science and Technology Congratulates Vietnamese Scientists Featured in Influential Journal
Minister of Science and Technology Chu Ngoc Anh congratulated three scientists who made history with their paper entitled "A Simultaneous Microscopic Description of Nuclear Level Density and Radioactive Strength Function", which was published in one of the most prestigious Physics journals, the Physical Review Letters, on January 9th.
He emphasized this was the first time that all three authors of a nuclear physics study were Vietnamese citizens and the importance of the paper in Nuclear Physics research in Vietnam.
From left to right: Research Fellow Le Thi Quynh Huong, Associate Professor Nguyen Quang Hung and Dr. Nguyen Dinh Dang
The Minister noted that Nuclear Physics has always been a top priority in Vietnam but faces more obstacles than other disciplines. As a result, Vietnamese researchers frequently must collaborate with foreign partners from France, Japan, Russia, Korea and Japan and travel abroad to use the latest nuclear accelerators.
The study published in Physical Review Letters was conducted by Research Fellow Le Thi Quynh Huong, from Khanh Hoa University in Nha Trang, Associate Professor Nguyen Quang Hung, from the Institute of Research and Development at Duy Tan University, and Dr. Nguyen Dinh Dang, who is currently working at the RIKEN Nishina Centre for Accelerator-based Science in Japan. The three researchers have proposed, for the first time, a unified and consistent microscopic approach capable of describing simultaneously two important quantities, the nuclear level density and radioactive gamma-ray strength functions.
The study was submitted to the Physical Review Letters on September 13th 2016 and underwent three separate reviews by a panel of experts, who confirmed that it met their acceptance requirement, to “help solve a critical outstanding problem”.