Yury Litvinov receives APS fellowship


Professor Yury Litvinov has been elected to be a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). Litvinov is head of the Stored Particles Atomic Physics Research Collaboration (SPARC) Detectors group within the Atomic Physics research department at GSI/FAIR. Litvinov was chosen for “outstanding contributions to precision experiments employing heavy-ion storage rings for cross-discipline research in the realm of nuclear structure, atomic physics and astrophysics, and especially for seminal works on radioactive decays of highly-charged nuclides.”

Yury Litvinov studied physics in St. Petersburg and is a scientist at GSI since 1999. In 2009, he went to the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg for two years, where he completed his habilitation. Since 2011, Litvinov is actively involved in FAIR's APPA/SPARC research activities. Among other responsibilities, he is the coordinator of experiments at the Experimental Storage Ring ESR, and since 2012 he acts as the head of the group "SPARC Detectors" for FAIR, which is a part of the "Atomic Physics" department. Since 2016, Litvinov has been Principal Investigator for the EU-funded ERC Consolidator Grant "ASTRUm" and since 2017 he holds an adjunct professorship at the University of Heidelberg.

“It is a great honor and I am very excited to receive this important recognition,” Litvinov said on the occasion of his appointment. “I will continue to strive to expand knowledge of atomic, nuclear and astrophysics with help of the research facilities, storage rings and traps available now at GSI and in the future at FAIR, as well as worldwide, and to pass this knowledge on to young researchers as part of my teaching activities.”

APS is the major professional organization for physicists in the United States. It has over 55,000 members from academia, national laboratories, and industry. The mission of the APS is to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics for the benefit of humanity, promote physics, and serve the broader physics community. Fellows are selected for their outstanding contributions to physics. Each year, the number of APS fellows elected is no more than one half of one percent of the membership. (CP)

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