New Frontiers at Heavy Ion Storage Rings: From Atomic Collisions to Many‐Body Systems

738. WE-Heraeus-Seminar

20 Jun - 24 Jun 2022


Physikzentrum Bad Honnef

Scientific organizers:

Prof. Dr. Klaus Blaum, Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik, Heidelberg • Dr. Holger Kreckel, Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik, Heidelberg • Prof. Dr. Stefan Schippers, Universität Gießen

This seminar has been postponed from January 2021 to 20-24 June 2022 due to the corona pandemic.

Charged particles are ubiquitous in nature and they are highly relevant in a diverse range of fields and disciplines, ranging from atomic physics all the way to biochemistry. To study the properties and reactions of atomic and molecular ions in the laboratory often presents a formidable challenge. Owing to their high reactivity they need to be separated from their surroundings and prepared in controlled quantum states for meaningful experiments.

In this context heavy ion storage rings have proven to be extremely versatile instruments for detailed studies of ionic systems in a variety of fields. Originally intended for storage of atoms and nuclei, heavy ion storage rings have also become invaluable tools in the field of electronic collisions and molecular physics. With the advent of electrostatic storage rings, which allow for mass-independent storage, even experiments with heavy clusters ions and bio-molecules have become feasible.

The goal of the seminar is to bring together experts from experiment and theory in the field for a constructive discussion of the most promising paths to maximize the impact of the available facilities and exploit synergies among the groups. Besides invited presentations on the status at the leading facilities, also the potential of new technological developments will be discussed. Students and young researchers in the field will have the opportunity to present their ideas in two series of contributed talks.

The conference language will be English. The Wilhelm and Else Heraeus-Foundation bears the cost of full-board accommodation for all participants.