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FAIR-GSI doctoral candidate award granted

Photo: G. Otto, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung

FAIR-GSI doctoral candidate award



Dr. Ingo Tews has received the FAIR-GSI doctoral candidate award. He was presented with the award for his doctoral thesis titled “Quantum Monte Carlo calculations with chiral effective field theory interactions.” The annual award comes with an endowment of €1,000, which is donated by the Pfeiffer Vacuum company. The award was presented by professor Boris Sharkov, the Scientific Managing Director of FAIR, and Dr. Ulrich von Hülsen, a member of the Management Board of Pfeiffer Vacuum GmbH, at the GSI colloquium on November 1. The keynote speaker was Professor Johannes Wessels, Rector of the University of Münster.

Dr. Ingo Tews’ work on his doctoral dissertation was motivated by his desire to achieve a better understanding of neutron stars and neutron-rich nuclides. The matter in neutron stars is very strongly compressed. Because of these extreme conditions, systematic calculations of the equation of state of neutron-rich matter are required. Dr. Tews successfully conducted the first-ever quantum Monte Carlo simulations based on the latest effective field theories of the strong interaction. His results are regarded as a milestone by researchers in this field.

“I’m delighted with this gratifying recognition, and I feel honored to receive the FAIR-GSI doctoral candidate award for my work. Strongly interacting systems under extreme conditions are an exciting field of research. Through my findings I can make a contribution to it,” said Tews, who initially studied physics at the Technische Universität Darmstadt and subsequently wrote his doctoral dissertation there under supervision of professor Achim Schwenk. Dr. Tews is currently carrying out research at the renowned Institute for Nuclear Theory in Seattle in the USA.

“These findings are especially fascinating because the physics of neutron-rich nuclei and neutron stars is one of the main research areas of the new FAIR accelerator facility,” said Professor Karlheinz Langanke, the Scientific Managing Director of GSI. “The outstanding research opportunities at the GSI accelerator facility and the development of FAIR are attracting many young scientists from all over the world to GSI. Through their innovative ideas, they are making important contributions to the development of the new accelerators and detectors.”

Dr. Ulrich von Hülsen, a member of the Management Board of Pfeiffer Vacuum GmbH, congratulated the award winner for his commitment to scientific research. “Scientific projects are highly regarded at Pfeiffer Vacuum,” he said. “Whenever we can support research work by supplying our company’s vacuum know-how, we are happy to help, with commitment and reliability.”

Pfeiffer Vacuum and GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung have worked together as partners for many years. Vacuum solutions from Pfeiffer Vacuum have been successfully utilized at the Centre for decades.

The FAIR-GSI doctoral candidate award is presented annually for the year’s best doctoral dissertation. To be eligible to compete, candidates must have received a doctoral degree in the previous year and must have received support either within the strategic partnerships between GSI and the universities in Darmstadt, Frankfurt, Gießen, Heidelberg, Jena, and Mainz or directly through the research and development program. Today more than 300 doctoral candidates are working on their doctoral dissertations at GSI and FAIR within the Helmholtz Graduate School for Hadron and Ion Research (HGS-HIRe).

FAIR-GSI doctoral candidate award
From left: Dr. Ulrich von Hülsen, Dr. Ingo Tews, Professor Boris Sharkov
Photo: G. Otto, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung