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 500 scientist from 20 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.

Prizes for outstanding achievements in 2017/18 to the benefit of PANDA have been awarded to three groups recently.
 
Alaa Dbeyssi, Manuel Zambrana, and Iris Zimmermann from the Helmholtz Institute Mainz have been awarded for their PANDA Physics Achievements Concerning EM Probes
 
The group has continuously driven the simulations of form factor studies using electromagnetic probes. The group has successfully implemented the formalism to investigate the electromagnetic structure of the proton in the time-like region including the development of radiative corrections and techniques to suppress backgrounds.
Their published results were based on detailed Monte Carlo simulations and clearly outlined the capability of PANDA to measure the electric and magnetic form factor at the various phases of the experiment.
 
Pawel Marciniewski, Filza Saleem, and Peter Schakel from Uppsala University have been awarded for the Design and Production of the Forward Endcap SADCs
 
Pawel Marciniewski (Uppsala University) has been responsible for the timely production of the sampling-ADCs for the readout of the forward endcap EM-calorimeter. Through excellent preparation and foresight, they very successfully produced all 250 boards at the Uppsala University. This is an essential component to bring the forward endcap of the EMC into operation during the upcoming tests.
 
Daniel Bonaventura, Silke Grieser, Benjamin Hetz, and Alfons Khoukaz from University of Münster have been awarded for the Achievement of World Record Cluster Target Densities
 
The group has made remarkable achievements with their development of the Cluster Target. By attaining densities of 4x1015/cm for a nozzle over 2m away from the interaction point, they have set a world record and exceeded the PANDA requirements. This excellent target performance will enable a significant rise of the luminosity available at the experiment and thus all physics pillars within PANDA will benefit from it.
 

We are happy to announce that Suranaree University of Technology (SUT), Synchrotron Light Research Institute (SLRI) and Chiang Mai University (CMU) will contribute to the construction of PANDA with the following work packages:

 - "Design and construction of mechanical structures for substitute tracking modules in the PANDA Forward Spectrometer",

- "Detector Control System for Forward Tracker and GEM",

- "Software Trigger Development using Machine Learning"

The expression of intention was signed in Krabi/Thailand during the PANDA Collaboration Meeting on March 11, 2019. Pictures are from the Signing Cermony among the three group leaders Chinorat Kobdaj (SUT), Keerati Manasatitpong (SLRI), and Sakhorn Rimjaem (CMU) of the Thailand groups involved and Klaus Peters as spokesperson of PANDA.

(All photos taken by Thanachot Nasawad)

At ICTP-SAIFR a joint workshop of Brazilian Scientists and representatives from PANDA and the PANDA TAG took place from Feb 25-March 1, 2019 with a focus on PANDA related physics and technology providing close contact with PANDA science, development and construction.

The meeting was well attended (about 60 registrants) and PANDA was represented by Tassos Belias, Kai Brinkmann, Tord Johannsson, Klaus Peters, Tobias Stockmanns and Ulrich Wiedner (who was also co-organizer) as well as our theory colleagues Christian Fischer and Evgeni Eppelbaum.

(Photo: ICTP/São Paulo)

Dear All,

we completed a very successful testbeam time at COSY on Sunday, February 24th, 2019. Spokespersons for the beamtime were Greg Korcyl and Rafal Lalik from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Following detectors were set up in the beamline with a total length of about 8 m (Photo: P.Wintz, FZ Jülich GmbH, beam enters from the right):

Setups In parasitic mode

  • PANDA Lumi test
  • SiPM test setup (FRS/GSI)
  • Straws with ADC readout

We had a proton beam of 2.5 GeV/c momentum (almost minimum ionising) and varied intensities and beam profiles for the FT tests.

Many thanks to the COSY crew for the quick beam set up and stable operation, so that we could exploit 10 days of beam time (7 requested). I was told that all six groups were very pleased with the beamtime, although spending both sunny Julich weekends in the cave.

Best regards,
Peter

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