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Dr Bonginkosi Kheswa

Dr Bonginkosi Kheswa
Department of Applied Physics and Engineering Mathematics
Lecturer

Contact Details
John Orr Building 7155
+27 (0) 11 559 9058
DFC

Highest qualification: PhD in Physics
Field(s) of research: Experimental Nuclear Physics
Lecturing: Modules with short description

1. Engineering Physics X 1A Engineering Physics X 1B and Nuclear Instrumentation MNI01Y2. In this module students will learn the theory 

of classical mechanics and perform experiments in mechanics, optics, electromagnetic theory and nuclear physics for nuclear medicine.

Recent Academic Awards:

  • Award for best PhD oral presentation at the South African Institute of Physics (SAIP) conference, which took place at the

           University of Johannesburg, July 2014

  •  Faculty of Science PhD award from the University of Stellenbosch for exceeding expectations, December 2014
  •  Certificate of appreciation, from the Western Cape Department of Education, for tutoring grade 12 physical science learners, May 2013
  •  Six months scholarship in technical nonproliferation and disarmament studies at the University of Oslo, January 2013
​Postgraduate Student Supervision:
  • Nomcebo Yende, MSc Physics, University of Johannesburg, Project in Progress
  • Teffo Seakamela, PhD Mechanical Engineering, University of Johannesburg, Project in Progress
  •  Mvuyisi Mbabane, MSc Physics, University of Johannesburg, Completed in year 2018
  • Christiaan Brits, MSc Physics, University of Stellenbosch, Completed in year 2016
  • Kgashane Malatji, MSc Physics, Western Cape University, Completed in year 2016
  • Bonginkosi Zikhali, MSc Physics, University of Zululand, Completed in year 2016

List of publications:
  • Nuclear level densities and gamma-ray strength functions of Ta-180, Ta-181, Ta-182

CP Brits, KL Malatji, M Wiedeking, B Kheswa, S Goriely, FL Garrote, DL Bleuel, F Giacoppo, A Gorgen, M Guttormsen, K Hadynska-Klek,

 TW Hagen, S Hilaire, VW Ingeberg, H Jia, M Klintefjord, AC Larsen, SNT Majola, P Papka, S Peru, B Qi, IT Renstrom, SJ Rose, E Sahin,

S Siem, GM Tveten, F Zeiser

Physical Review C 99 (2019) 054330

https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevC.99.054330

 

  • Re-estimation of 180Ta nucleosynthesis in light of newly constrained reaction rates

K.L.Malatji, M.Wiedeking, S.Goriely, C.P.Brits, B.V.Kheswa, F.L.Bello Garrote, D.L.Bleuel, F.Giacoppo, A.Görgen, M.Guttormsen,

 K.Hadynska-Klek, T.W.Hagen,V.W.Ingeberg, M.Klintefjord, A.C.Larsen, P.Papka, T.Renstrøm, E.Sahin, S.Siem, L.Siess, G.M.Tveten,

and F.Zeiser 

Physics Letters B 791 (2019) 403 

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.physletb.2019.03.013 

 

  • Low-lying positive parity bands in 162Yb

L. Mdletshe, S.S. Ntshangase, J.F. Sharpey-Schafer, S.N.T. Majola, T.R.S. Dinoko, N.A. Khumalo,E.A. Lawrie, R.A. Bark, T.D. Bucher,

 N. Erasmus, P. Jones, S. Jongile, B.V. Kheswa, J.J. Lawrie, L. Makhathini, K.L. Malatji, B. Maqabuka, J. Ndayishimye, S.P. Noncolela,

O. Shirinda, and M.A. Sithole. 
European Physical Journal A 54 (2018) 176 

https://doi.org/10.1140/epja/i2018-12613-4

 

  • Photoneutron cross sections for Ni isotopes: Toward understanding (n,γ) cross sections relevant to weak s-process

 nucleosynthesis

H Utsunomiya, T Renstrøm, GM Tveten, S Goriely, S Katayama, T Ari-izumi, D Takenaka, D Symochko, BV Kheswa, VW Ingeberg,

 T Glodariu, Y-W Lui, S Miyamoto, AC Larsen, JE Midtbø, A Görgen, S Siem, L Crespo Campo, M Guttormsen, S Hilaire, S Péru, AJ Koning

 Physical Review C 98 (2018) 054619

https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevC.98.054619

 

  • 137,138,139La(n,γ) cross sections constrained with statistical decay properties of 138,139,140La nuclei

B. V. Kheswa, M. Wiedeking, J. A. Brown, A. C. Larsen, S. Goriely, M. Guttormsen, F. L. Bello Garrote, L. A. Bernstein, D. L. Bleuel,

 T. K. Eriksen, F. Giacoppo, A. Görgen, B. L. Goldblum, T. W. Hagen, P. E. Koehler, M. Klintefjord, K. L. Malatji, J. E. Midtbø,

 H. T. Nyhus, P. Papka, T. Renstrøm, S. J. Rose, E. Sahin, S. Siem, and T. G. Tornyi

   Physical Review C 95 (2017) 045805

https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevC.95.045805

 

  • Low-energy enhancement and fluctuations of γ-ray strength functions in 56, 57Fe: test of the Brink–Axel hypothesis

A. C. Larsen, M. Guttormsen, N. Blasi, A. Bracco, F. Camera, L. Crespo Campo, T. K. Eriksen, A. Görgen, T. W. Hagen, V. W. Ingeberg,

 B. V. Kheswa, S. Leoni, J. E. Midtb , B. Million, H. T. Nyhus, T. Renstrom, S. J. Rose, I. E. Ruud, S. Siem, T. G. Tornyi, G. M. Tveten,

 A. V. Voinov, M. Wiedeking,and F. Zeiser

Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics 44 (2017) No. 6, 064005

 http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1361-6471/aa644a

 

  • Low-energy enhancement in the γ-ray strength functions of 73,74Ge

T. Renstrøm, H.-T. Nyhus, H. Utsunomiya, R. Schwengner, S. Goriely, A. C. Larsen, D. M. Filipescu, I. Gheorghe, L. A. Bernstein,

 D. L. Bleuel, T. Glodariu, A. Görgen, M. Guttormsen, T. W. Hagen, B. V. Kheswa, Y.-W. Lui, D. Negi, I. E. Ruud, T. Shima,

 S. Siem, K. Takahisa, O. Tesileanu, T. G. Tornyi, G. M. Tveten, and M.Wiedeking

 Physical Review C 93 (2016) 064302

https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevC.93.064302

 

  • Nature of low-lying electric dipole resonance excitations in 74Ge

D Negi, M Wiedeking, EG Lanza, E Litvinova, A Vitturi, RA Bark, LA Bernstein, DL Bleuel, S Bvumbi, TD Bucher, BH Daub, TS Dinoko,

JL Easton, A Görgen, M Guttormsen, P Jones, BV Kheswa, NA Khumalo, AC Larsen, EA Lawrie, JJ Lawrie, SNT Majola, LP Masiteng,

MR Nchodu, J Ndayishimye, RT Newman, SP Noncolela, JN Orce, P Papka, L Pellegri, T Renstrøm, DG Roux, R Schwengner,

O Shirinda, S Siem

Physical Review C 94 (2016) 024332

https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevC.94.024332

 

  • Spectroscopy of 155Yb: Structure evolution in the N = 85 isotones

XQ Li, C Xu, SQ Zhang, H Hua, J Meng, RA Bark, QB Chen, CY Niu, R Han, SM Wyngaardt, SY Wang, S Wang, B Qi, L Liu, LH Zhu,

Z Shi, GL Zhang, BH Sun, XY Le, CY Song, YL Ye, DX Jiang, FR Xu, ZH Li, JJ Sun, Y Shi, PW Zhao, WY Liang, CG Li, CG Wang,

XC Chen, DP Sun, C Liu, ZQ Li, P Jones, EA Lawrie, JJ Lawrie, M Wiedeking, TD Bucher, T Dinoko, BV Kheswa, L Makhathini,

SNT Majola, J Ndayishimye, SP

Physical Review C 94 (2016) 024337 

https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevC.94.024337

 

  • Search for two-phonon octupole excitations in 146Gd

J.N. Orce, M. Kumar Raju, N.A. Khumalo, T.S. Dinoko, P. Jones, R.A. Bark, E.A. Lawrie, S.N.T. Majola, L.M. Robledo, B. Rubio,

M. Wiedeking, J. Easton, E.A. Khaleel, B.V. Kheswa, N. Kheswa, M.S. Herbert, J.J. Lawrie, P.L. Masiteng, M.R. Nchodu, J. Ndayishimye,

D. Negi, S.P. Noncolela, S.S. Ntshangase, P. Papka, D.G. Roux, O. Shirinda, P.S. Sithole, and S.W. Yates

European Physical Journal A 52 (2016) 166

https://doi.org/10.1140/epja/i2016-16166-2   

 

  • Galactic production of 138La: impact of 138,139La statistical properties

BV Kheswa, M Wiedeking, F Giacoppo, Stéphane Goriely, Magne Guttormsen, Ann-Cecilie Larsen, FL Bello Garrote,

TK Eriksen, Andreas Görgen, TW Hagen, PE Koehler, M Klintefjord, Hilde Therese Nyhus, P Papka, Therese Renstrøm, S Rose,

 E Sahin, Sunniva Siem, T Tornyi

Physics Letters B 744 (2015) 268

 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.physletb.2015.03.065

 

  • Level densities and thermodynamical properties of Pt and Au isotopes

F. Giacoppo, F. L .Bello Garrote, L. A. Bernstein, D. L. Bleuel, T. K. Eriksen, R. B. Firestone, A. Görgen, M. Guttormsen,

T. W. Hagen, B. V. Kheswa, M. Klintefjord, P. E. Koehler, A. C. Larsen, H. T. Nyhus, T. Renstrøm, E. Sahin, S. Siem, T. Tornyi

Physical Review C 90 (2014) 054330

https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevC.90.054330

 

  • Statistical gamma-ray decay studies at iThemba LABS

M. Wiedeking, L.A. Bernstein, D.L. Bleuel, C.P. Brits, K. Sowazi, A. Görgen, B.L. Goldblum, M. Guttormsen, B.V. Kheswa,

A.C. Larsen, S.N.T. Majola, K.L. Malatji, D. Negi, T. Nogwanya, S. Siem and B.R. Zikhali

European Physical Journal Web of Conferences 146 (2017) 05006

 https://doi.org/10.1051/epjconf/201714605006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

  • Resonances in odd-odd 182Ta

C.P. Brits, M. Wiedeking, F.L. Bello Garrote, D.L. Bleuel, F. Giacoppo, A. Görgen, M. Guttormsen, K. Hadynska-Klek, T.W. Hagen,

V.W. Ingeberg, B.V. Kheswa, M. Klintefjord, A.C. Larsen, K.L. Malatji, H.T. Nyhus, P. Papka, T.Renstrøm, S. Rose, E. Sahin, S. Siem,

G.M. Tveten, and F. Zeiser

European Physical Journal Web of Conferences 146 (2017) 05012

https://doi.org/10.1051/epjconf/201714605012

                               

  • Nuclear level densities and γ-ray strength functions of 180,181Ta and neutron capture cross sections

K.L. Malatji, B.V. Kheswa, M. Wiedeking, F.L. Bello Garrote, C.P. Brits, D.L. Bleuel, F. Giacoppo, A. Görgen, M. Guttormsen,

K. Hadynska-Klek, T.W. Hagen, V.W. Ingeberg, M. Klintefjord, A.C. Larsen, H.T. Nyhus, T. Renstrøm, S. Rose, E. Sahin, S. Siem,

G.M. Tveten and F. Zeiser

European Physical Journal Web of Conferences 146 (2017) 01010

https://doi.org/10.1051/epjconf/201714601010

 

  • Nuclear level densities and gamma-ray strength functions of 145,149,151Nd isotopes

K O Ay, M Ozgur, E Algin, M Guttormsen, F L Bello Garrote, L Crespo Campo, A Görgen, T W Hagen, V W Ingeberg,

B V Kheswa, M Klintefjord, A C Larsen, J E Midtbo, V Modamio, T Renstrom, S J Rose, E Sahin, S Siem, G M Tveten and F Zeiser

Journal of Physics: Conference Series 766 (2016) 012027

https://doi.org/10.1088/1742-6596/766/1/012027 

 

  • Observation of low-lying resonances in the quasicontinuum of 195,196Pt and enhanced astrophysical reaction rates

F. Giacoppo, F. L. Bello Garrote, T. K. Eriksen, A. Görgen, M. Guttormsen, T. W. Hagen, A. C.Larsen, B. V. Kheswa, M. Klintefjord,

P. E. Koehler, L. G. Moretto, H. T. Nyhus, T. Renstrøm, E. Sahin, S. Siem and T. G. Tornyi

European Physical Journal Web of Conferences 93 (2015) 01039

 https://doi.org/10.1051/epjconf/20159301039

 

  • Statistical nuclear properties and synthesis of 138La

B. V. Kheswa, M. Wiedeking, F. Giacoppo, S. Goriely, M. Guttormsen, A. C. Larsen, F. L. Bello Garrote, T. K. Eriksen, A. Görgen,

T. W. Hagen, P. E. Koehler, M. Klintefjord, H. T. Nyhus, P. Papka, T. Renstrøm, S. Rose, E. Sahin, S. Siem and T. Tornyi   

European Physical Journal Web of Conferences 93 (2015) 04005

 https://doi.org/10.1051/epjconf/20159304005

 

  • High resolution 148Nd(3He,nγ) two proton stripping reaction and the structure of the 02+ state in150Sm

J. F. Sharpey-Schafer, P. Papka, S. P. Bvumbi, P. M Jones, P. Vymers, T. D. Bucher, T. S. Dinoko, J. L. Easton, M. S. Herbert,

B. V. Kheswa, N. Khumalo, E. A. Lawrie, J. J. Lawrie, S. N. T. Majola, J. Ndayishimye, D. Negi, S. P. Noncolela, J. N. Orce,

O. Shirinda, P. Sithole, M. A. Stankiewicz and M. Wiedeking

European Physical Journal Web of Conferences 66 (2014) 02116           

 https://doi.org/10.1051/epjconf/20146602116