The PANDA Experiment will be one of the key experiments at the Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR) which is under construction and currently being built on the area of the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt, Germany. The central part of FAIR is a synchrotron complex providing intense pulsed ion beams (from p to U). Antiprotons produced by a primary proton beam will then be filled into the High Energy Storage Ring (HESR) which collide with the fixed target inside the PANDA Detector.
The PANDA Collaboration with more than 420 scientist from 18 countries intends to do basic physics research on various topics around the weak and strong forces, exotic states of matter and the structure of hadrons. In order to gather all the necessary information from the antiproton-proton collisions a versatile detector will be build being able to provide precise trajectory reconstruction, energy and momentum measurements and very efficient identification of charged particles.
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We have the pleasure to announce the awardees of this years Outstanding Achievement Awards for accomplishments in 2019: This years prize will be awarded in two categories "PANDA Physics Analysis" and "Hardware Contributions to PANDA":
The prize in the category "Hardware Contributions to PANDA" goes to Andrey Ryazantsev, Valery Ferapontov, Andrey Levin, Vasiliy Mochalov, Igor Shein and Alexander Vasiliev (IHEP, Protvino / Russia) for their excellent work on the first of series slice for the PANDA Barrel EMC. This major milestone of the collaboration was achieved with tremendous skill and effort.
The prize in the category "Physics Analysis" goes to Klaus Götzen, Ralf Kliemt and Frank Nerling (GSI, HI Mainz and U Frankfurt / Germany) for their excellent work on the PANDA physics program for a very detailed feasibility study of the line-scan capabilities of PANDA. This has set very high standards for treating all systematic errors correctly and is beyond the state in PANDA so far.
The award was presented by the spokesman of the Panda Collaboration, Klaus Peters from GSI, at the most recent Panda Collaboration meeting at GSI in Darmstadt. Her doctoral advisor was Prof. Dr. Alfons Khoukaz from the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster.
The Panda Collaboration has awarded the PhD Prize once per year since 2013 in order to honor the best dissertation written in connection with the Panda Experiment. In her dissertation, Physicist Silke Grieser studied various aspects of Cluster Jets in order to produce an abundant number of exotic particles within the Panda detector, which is being built at the FAIR accelerator facility.
Candidates for the PhD Prize are nominated by their doctoral advisors. In addition to being directly related to the Panda Experiment, the nominees’ doctoral degrees must have received a rating of “very good” or better. Up to three candidates are shortlisted for the award and can present their dissertations at the Panda Collaboration meeting. The winner is chosen by a committee that is appointed for this task by the Panda Collaboration.
The Panda Collaboration awards the PhD Prize to specifically honor students’ contributions to the Panda project.
A vibrant GlueX-PANDA workshop with more than 30 participants (a dozen from PANDA) took place at the Virgina GWU Campus in Ashburn, USA. Three intense days with overviews of the respective detectors as well as in-depth topical sessions on computing and analysis focussing on many aspects of potential cooperation. We identified a lot of synergies in the fields of Machine Learning, PWA, Analysis framework, and Education where we will cooperate closer. We will follow-up on this in the near future e.g. with hands-on workshops and concrete work.
It is worth mentioning that in addition there is joint interest in DIRC and PWO-EMC which are partly already on-going.