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D. Ronald Tilley

Professor Emeritus


Professor Tilley received his PhD in 1958 from the Johns Hopkins University. He became a Research Associate in Nuclear Physics at Duke University, laterserving also as Assistant Professor. He joined NC State University in 1966 as Associate Professor of Physics and member of the research faculty of Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory.

He studied properties of the energy levels of light nuclei using nuclear reactions and high-resolution gamma ray spectroscopy experiments. His more recent research involved radiative-capture experiments with polarized and unpolarized beams of protons and deuterons at astrophysical energies. These were designed to study some of the fewnucleon reactions that are important in the sun and stars. His work, and that of his colleagues, on light nuclei led to a program of extensive evaluations and compilations of available experimental data relevant to the energy levels of light nuclei in the mass range A = 3-20. He and his colleagues were able to provide this information to researchers in significantly new and effective ways by exploiting the emerging capabilities of the internet. His academic activities included teaching of a number of undergraduate courses including the honors sections of introductory physics over a number of years. He served as coordinator of undergraduate advising in the physics department for several years.

Select Publications

"Energy Levels of Light Nuclei A = 16, 17," Nucl. Phys. A564. D.R. Tilley, H.R. Weller, C.M. Cheves. (1993). p. 1.

"Radiative Capture of Polarized Deuterons on 7Li," Phys. Rev. C48. J. Z. Williams, G. J. Schmid, R. M. Chasteler, H. R. Weller, and D. R. Tilley. (1993). p. 441.

"Observation of p-wave Capture Strength in the 2H(d,g)4He Reaction at Ed = 80-0 keV," Phys. Lett. 304B. L. H. Kramer, R. M. Chasteler, E. Hayward, R. M. Prior, D. R. Tilley and H. R. Weller. (1993). p. 208.

Honors & Awards

He is a member of the American Physical Society, the American Association of Physics Teachers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Sigma Xi, Phi Eta Sigma, and Phi Beta Kappa.