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Saul Beceiro-Novo, Ph.D.

Saul  Beceiro-Novo
  • Assistant Professor
  • Physics
  • Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory
  • pronouns: he/him
  • Holmes Hall, W-188
  • 919 E. Shaw Lane
  • East Lansing, MI 48825
  • 517-884-5054


  • LB 274 Physics II


I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy since 2015 and adjunct at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Lab.

Since my undergraduate studies, I have been very curious about the “small world” and took the decision to focus in the study of nuclear matter when I started my Ph.D. I worked in the study of light exotic nuclei within the R3B collaboration of GSI (Darmstadt). My main interests were reactions of astrophysical interest.

After my graduation, I moved to MSU to continue exploring exotic light nuclei with the Active Target Time Projection Chamber (AT-TPC). It was an exciting time, since we built, commissioned and started running the detector.

At the same time, my passion for education made me focus in developing new physics courses, applying active learning techniques. In particular, I have worked in the ISP209 and 209L intro physics classes for non-science majors. In MSU teach physics gateway courses so I get to meet most of MSU’s first- and second-year students. I love physics and I love when students get to love it, too.

Mentoring is also a very important part of my work. I incorporate several undergraduate and graduate students in the laboratory work and I also coach the learning assistants of the department to better work with students.


  • Ph.D., Nuclear Physics, University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
  • M.S., Nuclear Physics, University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
  • B.Sc., Nuclear Physics, University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain)


  • MSU College of Natural Science Teaching Award
  • MSU Department of Physics and Astronomy Teaching Award
  • MSU CISGS Teaching Award


I started my research adventure back in 2006 in the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain). My first project was in collaboration with the German lab GSI/FAIR where I specialized in the study of nuclear reactions of astrophysical interest with the R3B setup. In 2011 I got my PhD and moved to Michigan State University to work in FRIB/NSCL. In 2015 I got a faculty position in MSU where I combine my teaching with research in nuclear physics. My current interests are based on the usage of Active Targets for the study of nuclear properties. Since my arrival to MSU we built the AT-TPC detector and we are still running a campaign of successful experiments. In my research I like to involve undergraduate and graduate students, since I understand that mentoring is one of my main goals as an educator.


  • Y. Ayyad, …, S. Beceiro-Novo et al. Next-generation experiments with the Active Target Time Projection Chamber (AT-TPC) Nucl. Inst. Meth. A. 954, 161341 (2020)
  • Y. Ayyad, …, S. Beceiro-Novo et al. Direct Observation of Proton Emission in 11Be Phys. Rev. Lett. 123, 082501
  • Y. Ayyad, …, S. Beceiro-Novo et al. Physics and technology of time projection chambers as active targets Eur. Phys. J. A (2018) 54: 181
  • F. Wamers,…, S. Beceiro-Novo, et al. Comparison of electromagnetic and nuclear dissociation of 17Ne. Phys. Rev. C. 97, 3, 034612 (2018)
  • J. Bradt,…, S. Beceiro-Novo, et al. Study of spectroscopic factors at N=29 using isobaric analogue resonances in inverse kinematics. Physics Letters B. 778, 155 (2018)
  • J.J. Kolata,…, S. Beceiro-Novo, et al. Fusion studies with low-intensity radioactive ion beams using an active-target time projection chamber. Nucl. Inst. Meth. A. 830, 82 (2016)
  • J. Marganiec, S. Beceiro-Novo, et al. Coulomb and nuclear excitations of narrow resonances in 17Ne. Phys. Rev. C. 93, 045811 (2016)
  • A. Fritsch, S. Beceiro-Novo, et al. One-dimensionality in atomic nuclei: A candidate for linear-chain clustering in 14C. Phys. Rev. C. 93, 014321 (2016)
  • S. Beceiro-Novo, T. Ahn, D. Bazin and W. Mittig. Active Targets for the Study of Nuclei Far From Stability. Prog.Part.Nucl.Phys. 84 (2015) 124-165
  • D. Suzuki, …, S. Beceiro-Novo, et al. Resonant  scattering of 6He: Limits of clustering in 10Be. Phys. Rev. C. 87, 054301 (2013)
  • C. Caesar, …, S. Beceiro, et al. Beyond the neutron drip line: The unbound oxygen isotopes 25O and 26O. Phys. Rev. C. 88, 034313 (2013)


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