FAIR-GENCO Award for Young Scientists
In March the FAIR-GENCO Award for Young Scientists was handed over. The prize is awarded by the GSI Exotic Nuclei Community (GENCO) and endowed with 1,000 Euro. This year's award went to Dr. José Luis Rodríguez Sánchez of the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. The bestowal by GENCO president professor Christoph Scheidenberger and vice president professor Nasser Kalantar-Nayestanaki took place during the GENCO session of the annual NuSTAR Meeting at FAIR and GSI.
Dr. José Luis Rodríguez Sánchez received the award for applying the inverse kinematics technique to the long-standing problem of nuclear fission and the possibility, for the first time, to determine the mass, charge and kinetic energy of the two emerging fission fragments, thus yielding new, exciting insights to the fission process and dynamics. He conducted his research with the ALADIN-LAND setup at GSI and the new SOFIA experiment setup.
Additionally two GENCO Membership Awards were granted: Professor Muhsin Harakeh of the Kernfysisch Versneller Instituut and the University of Groningen was appointed member for pioneering work using radioactive beams for elastic and inelastic scattering and studies of giant resonances. Ursula Weyrich, Adminstrative Director of FAIR and GSI, was honoured with a membership for her support of young scientists and the realization of the FAIR project.