PHELIX and Plasmaphysics Program Advisory Committee (PPAC)
The PHELIX and Plasmaphysics Program Advisory Committee (PPAC) is an international program advisory committee of GSI/FAIR. It gives advice to the Directorate on selecting experiment proposals that are submitted by individual users or user groups in the field of plasma physics with ions and lasers, currently for the FAIR-Phase 0 program. Following periodic calls for proposals, the PPAC meets approx. once every year; it evaluates the experiment proposals on the basis of scientific merit and technical feasibility and with regard to the GSI/FAIR strategy, and makes recommendations on the amount of beam time to be allotted.
Open 'Call for Proposals"
A new 'Call for Proposals' for experiments with PHELIX between summer 2022 and spring 2023 (laser only, no ions), directed to the PPAC, is open from July 15 to September 28, 2021.
Please note: Starting 2021 we are using a new platform for proposal and user management: The General Access Tool to the Experimental facilities of GSI (GATE). Registration to GATE is open under: https://gate.gsi.de.
GATE Short Manual for Users: here
It is advisable to register in GATE and start proposal submission early for getting acquainted with the system. All Participants of a proposal need to be registered in GATE. For more information on submission of PHELIX proposals via GATE please see below (Details on 'Call' and on Submission) and here: Information for PHELIX users.
For information on beamtime planning and scheduling at PHELIX see: Beamtime Planning at PHELIX.
A new 'Call for Proposals' at the high-energy/high-power laser PHELIX for beamtime from summer 2022 to spring 2023 is open from July 15 to September 28, 2021. Please note that this call does not include experiments with ions; a ‘call’ for those is planned for 2022.
Groups working in the fields of atomic physics, plasma physics, extreme matter physics, and laser-particle acceleration are invited to submit research proposals for beamtime at PHELIX. As experimental areas, the target stations at PHELIX, Z6 and (new) HHT are available. In total, approx. 170 shifts of PHELIX beamtime can be offered, which correspond to roughly 8 to 9 experiments. Previously granted experiments that could not be carried out for technical reasons have to be re-submitted and will be re-evaluated by the PPAC.
Should questions on technical feasibility, safety issues etc. arise after the submission, the proposers will be contacted to clarify these points before the advisory committee meeting. In their meeting on December 6-7, 2021, the PPAC will discuss the received proposals with a clear focus on scientific excellence and strategic issues. Questions arising in those discussion will be communicated to the proposers asking for a response within days. Accordingly, the PPAC will formulate their evaluation and recommend granting beamtime to the Scientific Directorate.
(New) Application Procedure
Proposals are to be submitted through the new platform GATE (General Access Tool to the Experimental Infrastructures of GSI), where registered users can see all proposals in which they are involved - unsubmitted, active and finished ones – and get information on their open tasks. It is highly recommended to start editing a proposal well in advance to get acquainted with GATE!
Editing a proposal can be interrupted any time and continued later. Instructions in GATE and in the GATE Short Manual for Users lead through the process - please follow them carefully. However, should you encounter any problems, please contact GATE-Help.
Besides specifying technical and saftely relevant details on the beamtime request, a PDF file on the scientific case and results expected, summarizing the scientific justification, and including a sketch of the setup is to be uploaded (Instruction on Proposal Structure). Applicants are urgently asked to consult their Link Scientist (formerly: local contact person) on details of the proposal and entries in the forms well before submitting the proposal (e.g. one month before deadline): Close to the deadline the Link Scientist might not be available and no corrections can be done after submission.
Note: ALL participants of a proposal (= Co-Proposer) need to register in GATE and mark in their settings that they permit appearing in other users’ search results. Thus, during editing the proposal the Proposer can add them to the respective proposal.
Applicants eligible to the European program 'Laserlab Europe' are encouraged to submit their applications additionally through Laserlab Europe for obtaining financial support. Note that the application will be supported through the 5th installment of Laserlab: Laserlab V offers financial support for researchers from Europe and to some extend also for users from non-EU countries.
For current laser and experimental parameters see here.
Further details on the process from application until running of the experiment are given on the PHELIX web page: www.gsi.de/phelix/beamtime.
Contact persons for the 'Call' are:
Details on the laser and laser diagnostics: Vincent Bagnoud
Access and support through Laserlab Europe: Diana Lang
PPAC Scientific Secretary: Karin Füssel
For issues with GATE: GATE-Help
Members of the PPAC
- Dr. Brigitte Cros
CNRS, Lab. de Physique des Gaz et des Plasmas (LPGP), Univ. Paris-Sud, France
- Prof. Dr. Igor V. Lomonosov (HED@FAIR Collaboration)
Institute of Problems of Chemical Physics RAS (IPCP), Moscow region, Russia
- Prof. Dr. Kurt Schoenberg (HED@FAIR Collaboration)
Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, USA
- Dr. Thomas Schenkel
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, USA
- Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schramm (Chair)
PPAC Scientific Secretary
Dr. Karin Füssel
Phone: +49-6159-71 1441
Fax: +49-6159-71 2991
contact by E-Mail to: PPAC-Secretary(at)gsi.de
PPAC15 on October 5-6, 2020: documents of the meeting (for PPAC members only)
PPAC14 on July 25-26, 2019
PPAC13 on October 11-12, 2018
PHELIX Committee 12 on August 14-15, 2017
PHELIX Committee 11 on July 21-22, 2016
PHELIX Committee 10 on September 28, 2015
PHELIX Committee 09 on December 4-5, 2014
PHELIX Committee 08 on March 13-14, 2014
PHELIX Committee 07 on January 9-10, 2013
PPAC06 on November 17/18, 2011
PPAC05 on November 8/9, 2010
PPAC04 on September 29/30, 2009
PPAC03 (via E-mail circulation), Winter 2008/09
PPAC Roadmap Meeting, December 13, 2006
PPAC02 on April 3/4, 2006
PPAC01 on September 22-24, 2004
Information for Users on services and beam time, as well as instructions how to register to the Users Mailinglist for receiving information like opening of "Calls for Proposals" can be found on the Users' Webpages.
Central point of contact for associated guests and users on campus is the Welcome Office.