Welcome to the INIR-2011 Meeting!
Isomeric nuclei play a fundamental role in basic research as well as in applied fields. The nature of the isomers may be due to different causes. They may exist due to high-spin states, effects of shape coexistence in nuclei, or as a transient configuration retained by the fission barrier. Their lifetimes vary drastically, from nanoseconds to thousands years or more. It may be possible for the existence of isomers to stabilize exotic nuclides beyond the ground-state lifetimes. Therefore, isomers could be applied for the purpose of controlling energy stored in nuclei, perhaps for medical uses or in view of the gamma laser. Survival of long-lived isomers and their decay products in stellar processes may serve to explore the different stages for formation of the Universe. The fundamental role of the atomic shell in isomer decay has already been established for decades. Other decay processes with isomeric nuclei have also received consideration, as in beta decay to bound states and resonance effects in double beta decay or in alpha decay. In general, an evaluation of fundamental principles linked to isomers may allow manipulation of their population and depletion in laboratory conditions, together with a better understanding of similar processes in stellar surroundings and elsewhere in the Universe.
To survey the present state-of-the-art in isomer-related research, the INIR-2011 Meeting will be held at the Saint Petersburg State University at the Peterhof site, a magnificent suburb of Saint-Petersburg – the paradoxical northern Russian capital – during the best season for the region.
We look forward to a lively Workshop and to meeting you all in Saint Petersburg!