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Prof. Dr. Shawn Bishop



Academic Career and Research Areas

The focus of Professor Bishop’s research is measuring nuclear reactions, cross-sections and coefficients which are of relevance to explosive nucleosynthesis in exploding novas and supernovas.
Professor Bishop (b. 1971) studied physics at McMaster University and the University of Victoria in Canada. After this he worked at TRIUMF National Laboratory in Vancouver (Canada) and received a doctorate from Simon Fraser University (Canada) in 2003. His scientific and postdoctoral activities took him to RIKEN National Laboratory in Saitama, Japan (2003–2008). Professor Bishop joined TUM in 2008 as professor of nuclear astrophysics.

Key Publications

Bishop S, Egli R: "Discovery Prospects for a Supernova Signature of Biogenic Origin". Icarus. 2011, in Press.


Ball GC, Bishop S, Boisvert G, Bricault P, Churchman R, Dombsky M, Lindner T, Macdonald JA, Vandervoort E, et al.: "Precise Half-Life Measurement of the Superallowed β+ Emitter 38Km". Phys. Rev. C, 2010; 82, 045501.


Parikhm A, Faestermann T, Hertenberger R, Krücken R, Schafstadler D, Wirth HF, Behrens T, Bildstein V, Bishop S, Eppinger K, Herlitzius C, Hinke C, Schlarb M, Seiler D, Wimmer K: New 34Cl Proton-Threshold States and the Thermonuclear 33S(p,γ)34Cl Rate in One Novae". Phys. Rev. C, 2009; 80, 015802.


Auria JD, Azuma RE, Bishop S, et al: "The 21Na(p,γ)22Mg Reaction from Ecm =200 to 1103 keV in Novae and X-Ray Bursts". Phys. Rev. C, 2004; 69, 065803.


Bishop S et al: "21Na(p,γ)22Mg Reaction and Oxygen-Neon Novae". Phys. Rev. Lett. 2003; 90, 62501.