Almudena Arcones elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS)


Professor Almudena Arcones has been elected "Fellow 2020" of the American Physical Society (APS). With this prestigious recognition, the APS honors Almudena Arcones' outstanding contributions in the field of astrophysics. The Spanish-German physicist works since 2007 in the GSI Theory department with a joint appointment with the Technische Universität Darmstadt.

Almudena Arcones receives the election as APS-Fellow "for seminal contributions in astro- and nuclear physics, especially to the understanding of heavy elements creation in supernovae, neutron star mergers, and their associated kilonova”. The research focus of the physicist, who is an associate professor for theoretical astrophysics at the Technische Universität Darmstadt, includes core-collapse supernovae and neutron star mergers as astrophysical sites of the r-process.

Almudena Arcones conducted research at the Max Planck Institut für Astrophysik in Garching from 2004 to 2007 and received her doctorate from the Technische Universität München in 2007. From 2007 to 2010 she worked as a postdoctoral fellow at GSI and the Institut für Kernphysik (SFB 634) at the Technische Universität Darmstadt. Subsequently, she conducted research in the Department of Physics at the University of Basel until 2012. From 2012 to 2016 she was assistant professor for theoretical astrophysics at the Technische Universität Darmstadt, where she has been working as associate professor since 2016. From 2012 to 2017 she was group leader of a Helmholtz Young Investigator Group at GSI.

Almudena Arcones has already received several important awards, including the ERC-Starting Grant of the European Research Council 2016. Her topic was "The origin of heavy elements: a nuclear physics and astrophysics challenge”. The prize enabled her and her team to carry out new investigations on the origin of the elements in stars. As theoretical work, these simulations on element synthesis will also be important and pioneering for experimental research at the future accelerator center FAIR, which is currently being built at GSI.

The Scientific Managing Director of GSI and FAIR, Professor Paolo Giubellino, was enthusiastic about the honoring of Almudena Arcones: "The election as APS Fellow is a very prestigious award and a special honor, expressing the respect of scientists from the same professional environment. I am glad about the peers’ great appreciation for Almudena Arcones and her work, which also makes an outstanding contribution to current and future research at GSI and FAIR".

The APS is one of the most important physics societies worldwide. It was founded in 1899 and today has more than 55 000 members worldwide. It is divided into numerous specialist groups covering all areas of physical research. APS members attain the status of a Fellow on the basis of a precisely defined nomination and evaluation process. Each year, the APS elects no more than one half of one percent of the society’s membership as fellow. (BP)