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100 issues of Nuclear Physics News - edited at TUM

2015-09-15 – News from the Physics Department

Nuclear Physics News is a quarterly magazine of the international nuclear physics community. It is edited at the physics department of Technische Universität München and informs more than 6400 subscribers around the world with insightfull editorials, facility and laboratory profiles, updates on the latest research, and other information of interest to the nuclear physics community. The current issue 100 features HADES – an experiment initiated by a team of TUM’s physicists and carried out by an international collaboration.

Cover page of issue 100 Nuclear Physics News
The title page of issue 100 NPN features a photograph of the HADES spectrometer – an experiment at GSI in Darmstadt that has been initiated by physicists at TUM.

Nuclear Physics News (NPN) started out 25 years ago as a European publication, initiated by NuPECC, the Nuclear Physics European Collaboration Committee. It was intended as newsletter and forum for the nuclear physics community in Europe originally featuring a European editorial board. However, it quickly expanded its reach beyond Europe, becoming a global scientific magazine and serving the nuclear physics community as a whole. Today funding, editorial board and readership all extend around the world.

NPN includes laboratory portraits as well as feature articles, information about facilities and methods, editorials about important issues in nuclear physics or for the community, and reports on the impact and application of nuclear physics techniques in related fields of science. Conference and meeting reports as well as a calendar of future events are presented as well. NPN gathers up-to-date information by some of the best scientists working in nuclear physics. Gabriele-Elisabeth (Sissy) Körner from TUM’s physics department has served as editor of NPN for all issues in 25 years.

Issue 100 features HADES experiment

Current issue 100 of Nuclear Physics News features a European project that originated at TUM’s physics department: HADES, the High-Acceptance Di-Electron Spectrometer at GSI Darmstadt.

The HADES spectrometer investigates fundamental questions about the properties of matter and its very origin. It studies the properties of hadrons produced within nuclear matter. Hadrons are particles that consist of two or more quarks (elementary particles) which are bound by the strong force in a similar manner als molecules are bound by the electromagnetic force. The proton and the neutron, which make up the atomic nuclei of the matter of which we consist and that surrounds us, are the only stable hadrons (although neutrons decay, if they are not bound within a nucleus). The decays of the unstable other hadrons offer a glimpse into the early history of the universe, when temperatures and the energy density were much higher than today at the center of our sun.

Please read more on “The HADES Pion Beam Facility” (3 pages PDF) (excerpt of Nuclear Physics News, 25, 2 (2015)).

Cover image "Nuclear Physics for Medicine"
Publication Nuclear Physics for Medicine – How nuclear research is improving human health, published by NuPECC. The publication is available for download (156 pages, 6.2 MB).

NuPECC: Nuclear Physics European Collaboration Committee

NuPECC has 30 members appointed by national funding agencies and represents 20 countries and more than 6000 scientists and engineers. It is the voice of the European nuclear physics community; its mission is to “strengthen European Collaboration in nuclear science through the promotion of nuclear physics and its trans-disciplinary use and application in collaborative ventures between research groups within Europe”. NuPECC achieves this goal by preparing “Long Range Plans” and “Roadmaps” as well as reports of special topics in basic nuclear physics and its applications, such as e.g. the latest one “Nuclear Physics for Medicine”.

All publications of NuPECC are posted on its website or are available free of charge at the office of NuPECC from its scientific secretary Dr. Gabriele-Elisabeth Körner ( at Physik-Department E12.

Dr. Johannes Wiedersich


Dr. Gabriele-Elisabeth Körner
Technische Universität München
James-Franck-Str. 1
85748 Garching
Tel.: +49 89 289-12293
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Prof. Dr. Laura Fabbietti
Physik-Department and Exzellenzcluster Universe
Technische Universität München
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85748 Garching
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