Stern Gerlach Medal: Renowned Award for Professor Peter Braun-Munzinger
Professor Peter Braun-Munzinger, Director of the ExtreMe Matter Institute EMMI at GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung, receives the renowned Stern Gerlach Medal of the German Physical Society (DPG). Together with Braun-Munzinger, Professor Johanna Stachel from the University of Heidelberg will also get the award. The two researchers receive the award for their outstanding work on development and further research for the ALICE experiment at the European Organization for Nuclear Research CERN.
The nuclear physicist Peter Braun-Munzinger, who deals mainly with ultrarelativistic heavy ion collisions and the quark gluon plasma produced in them, headed the ALICE department at GSI from 1996 to 2011 and was also a professor at the TU Darmstadt during this time. From the beginning, GSI has played a leading role in ALICE's construction and scientific program. The main objective of ALICE is to explore how matter in the universe was fractions of a second after the Big Bang. At that time prevailed unimaginably high temperatures and pressures, a so-called quark gluon plasma existed. The quark gluon plasma is generated by collisions of heavy ions at the CERN accelerator LHC and is investigated with the ALICE experiment.
The Stern Gerlach Medal is the DPG's highest award for outstanding achievements in the field of experimental physics. The prize consists of a hand-written parchment certificate and a gold medal with portraits of the two physicists Otto Stern and Walther Gerlach, after whom the Stern-Gerlach experiment is named, a fundamental experiment in physics. (BP)