Starting in 2018, PANDA will award a prize every two years for the best theory PhD thesis related to the PANDA experimental program and we would like to ask for nominations for this year's prize. The prize will include the award of 200 euro and will be presented at the PANDA Collaboration meeting in June 2018.

All theoreticians who have passed the oral defense of their PhD thesis between Dec 1, 2016 and Nov 30, 2017 are eligible. The thesis may contain work related to other experiments, but the majority of the work in the thesis must be directly connected to the PANDA physics program. The nomination should be made by the thesis advisor.

Read more information and details about nominations.

In 2017 the 1st PANDA Photo Contest took place and the winners in the three categories have been presented during our Collaboration Meeting in Novosibirsk.

If you like you can have a look at a gallery with all contributions.

...and the prize goes to....

Category 1: Detector Photo

"Crystal Test Array" from Dmitry Khaneft & David Rodríguez Piñeiro (both HI Mainz)

shows a test array of Lead-Tungstate crystals for the backward end cap of the PANDA electromagnetic calorimeter.

Feel free to read more about the PANDA electromagnetic calorimeter and its function for the experiment.







Category 2: Fun of Research

"Woman at work“ from Daniel Bonaventura, Universität Münster (c) AG Khoukaz, Institut für Kernphysik, WWU Münster

shows Silke Grieser from Universität Münster working on pumps of the cluster-jet target prototype of the PANDA experiment.

There is more information available about the PANDA target system.











Category 3: Artwork

"STT by Night“ from Jülich Photo Shooting Team, FZ Jülich (c) Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH

shows a model of the Straw Tube Tracker for charged particle tracking in PANDA with interesting lighting.

The STT is an essential part of the PANDA tracking system.











Dr. Erik Etzelmüller has received the Panda PhD Prize 2017 for his doctoral thesis 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 the BINP in Novosibirsk.
Physicist Erik Etzelmüller, 30, received the prize of €200 and a certificate for his dissertation titled Developments towards the technical design and prototype of the PANDA Endcap Disc DIRC.
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. Panda will be one of the key experiments of the future accelerator center FAIR. The experiment focuses on antimatter research as well as on various topics related to the weak and the strong force, exotic states of matter, and the structure of hadrons. More than 500 scientists from 17 countries currently work in the Panda Collaboration. In his dissertation, Dr. Etzelmüller studied die 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.

The FAIR ground-breaking took place on July 4, 2017.
A great day for all who love hadron and nuclear physics. An important milestone to get the job done. We are happy and proud of being part of this endeavor.

The construction of the international accelerator facility FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research) has begun. The start of building construction and civil engineering work is a crucial moment for one of the largest construction projects for scientific research worldwide. On July 4, 2017, the groundbreaking ceremony was held for the large ring accelerator SIS 100, which will be the key component of the future accelerator facility FAIR. The construction site is located to the northeast of GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt.

We invite you to read the official FAIR press release of the ground-breaking ceremony!

The PANDA collaboration has the pleasure to inform you, that Joachim Stroth (Spokesperson of HADES) on behalf of HADES and Klaus Peters (Spokesperson of PANDA) on behalf of PANDA have jointly signed the Memorandum of Understanding between their collaborations for a successful cooperation on the respective FAIR Phase-0 project to the benefit of all involved parties.

Memorandum of Understanding between the PANDA and the HADES collaborations

Purpose of the agreement:

This document regulates the cooperation for joint experiments with the HADES spectrometer in the context of FAIR Phase-0 under participation of the HADES collaboration and a group of members of the PANDA collaboration, herein after called PANDA@HADES. The objective of PANDA@HADES is to participate in selected HADES experiments in the period before the start of the PANDA experiment. The interest of the group is two-fold. First, technology developed for the PANDA detector systems, read-out electronics, software modules etc. can be used and tested under realistic experiment conditions. Second, the group can participate in physics anlaysis and publication of results so to valorize the effort and support by national funding agencies towards a realization of the PANDA project. The HADES collaboration, on the other hand, can strengthen the research program realized with the HADES detector system at FAIR Phase-0 by adding instrumentation, manpower and new ideas. The goal is to identify, execute and analyze joint experiments and so prepare joint publications.


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