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,

Dear PANDA member,

the ballot has been closed on Sunday (16/12/2018) at noon.

More than 50% of the PANDA members have cast their vote, so that a quorum has been reached as required by the governance rules.

Klaus Peters (on the left) has been re-elected as spokesperson and Tord Johansson (on the right) will be his deputy

for the next two years starting January 1, 2019.

Congratulations to the team and best of luck with your continued duties for the collaboration,


for the PANDA collaboration board.

The "German-Russian Roadmap for Cooperation in Education, Science, Research and Innovation" has been signed on Dec 10, 2018 by Anja Karliczek, German Minister for Education and Research (left) and Mikhail Kotjukov, Russian Minister for Science and Higher Education  (right).
This is the bases for an even stronger cooperation between the countries also in respect of FAIR.
This is an extremely important step forward for construction funds for PANDA.
There is an official BMBF press release (in German language).
Photo (c) bmbf

Prof. Dr. Helmut Koch (Photo: Udo Kurilla/GSI) is active in PANDA since the early days and contributed in a countless number of activities to bring the project forward.

He is a driving force in spectroscopy with antiprotons already before the LEAR (Low Energy Antiproton Ring) era when the search for deeply bound proton-antiproton-states, the so called baryonium, was his main field of activity. As the spokesperson of Crystal Barrel at LEAR he led the construction of the detector and shaped the collaboration with his smooth but clear management style. When he moved to the Ruhr-University Bochum, he made this institute the spearhead for PANDA in Germany e.g. by publishing the very first LOI that finally led to the proposal for the FAIR facility as we know it – including the antiproton facility and PANDA. He served in PANDA also in a variety of committees, boards and was always focused to the timely realization of the project with constructive and practical input.

In recognition of his engagement and achievements, the PANDA collaboration awarded to him the "PANDA Honorary Lifetime Membership" for his "Outstanding Service to the PANDA Collaboration and the Field of Hadron Physics".

The certificate and the medal were presented by the PANDA Spokesperson on November 7, 2018 at the Festive Dinner at the recent PANDA Collaboration Meeting in Darmstadt. The laudatory speech was given by Prof. Dr. Ulrich Wiedner (Ruhr-University Bochum) who has been working with Helmut Koch since decades.

Klaus Peters from GSI, spokesman of the Panda Collaboration, presented the award to Dr. Mustafa Schmidt (left) at the most recent Panda Collaboration meeting at GSI in Darmstadt.Dr. Mustafa Schmidt (Photos by: on the left - Udo Kurilla, GSI; on the right- Mustafa Schmidt, private) has received the Panda PhD Prize 2018 for his doctoral thesis "Particle Identification with the Endcap Disc DIRC for PANDA" at GSI, FAIR, and the Justus Liebig University in Giessen. 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.
Physicist Mustafa Schmidt, 33, who worked also for a couple of years in industry before his PhD, received the prize of €200 and a certificate for his dissertation titled Particle identification with the Endcap Disc DIRC for PANDA. His doctoral advisor was Prof. Dr. Michael Düren from the Justus Liebig University in Giessen.
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 his dissertation,Mustafa Schmidt Dr. Schmidt studied the Endcap Disc DIRC, a Cherenkov detector that forms one of the main components of the charged particle identification of 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.


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