GENCO Award for Timo Dickel
Dr. Timo Dickel from the Justus-Liebig-University in Gießen received the GENCO-Award 2013 for young scientists. The award ceremony took place in the framework of the annual NUSTAR conference at GSI on February 28, 2013. In the colloquium Professor Michael Thoennessen from Michigan State University, USA spoke about the history of isotope discovery. GSI's Exotic Nuclei Community (GENCO) annually grants the award endowed with 500 Euro.
Dickel received the award for his contributions in time-of-flight mass spectroscopy. In his diploma and PhD theses the physicists now working as a postdoc at GSI built an analyser for precise mass measurements of nuclei together with his colleagues. Nuclei are reflected for several times inside the analyser by electrostatic mirrors. This increases their time-of-flight difference depending on their mass. Afterwards the nuclei are measured in a detector. The system allows the separation and measurements of nuclei even if they have very small mass differences.
Currently one system is located at the university in Gießen, a second one is in operation at the GSI fragment separator. The compact size of less than one cubic metre offers a variety of new ways of utilisation. The team e. g. works on a technique for identification of tumour tissue in surgery within seconds. Also a use on board a satellite would be possible.