A five-day international Scientific Conference “XXVI Workshop of Nuclear Physics” was held in Kazimierz Dolny on 24-29 September 2019. The leading topic of this year’s workshop referred to the key issues and challenges of modern physics of the atomic nucleus and, in particular, the structure and dynamics of nuclear processes.
For more than 20 years, this conference has gathered about a hundred of renowned and respected physicist from around the world dealing with theory and experiment in the field of physics of atomic nucleus. Also this year we have hosted almost 80 scientists, including over 50 from abroad, such as the USA, China, Russia, France, Italy, Germany, Sweden, the Czech Republic and Lithuania. Among them HIL employees delivered 5 papers:
- Eryk Pisecki- “Dissipation and tunneling in heavy-ion reactions around the Coulomb barier”
- Krzysztof Rusek- “Neutron clusters in light, exotic nuclei- do we need nuclear theory at all? “
- Paweł Napiorkowski – “Coulomb excitation: experiment and theory coexistence. “
- Leszek Próchniak – “Octupole degrees of freedom- formal background and some phenomenology. “
- Julian Srebrny – “Quadrupole triaxiality softness. From simple phenomenological models to fully microscopic General Bohr Hamiltonia
With a regular 26-year-old workshop that creates the ideal atmosphere for establishing and expanding scientific cooperation with leading institutes from the country and abroad, theoretical research on the fundamental components of the universe’s matter with the participation of Lublin nuclear physicist with extensive international cooperation is carried out at the Department of Theoretical Physics (KFT) UMCS at the highest world level.
This is confirmed by the ever-increasing number of high-scoring scientific publications and numerous invitations to lecture at the international conferences of researchers from the KFT, as well as the increase in the number of participants at these Workshops over the past few years.
It should also be stressed that the vast majority of UMCS graduate students in this field have found employment in research and teaching positions in national and foreign scientific units.
This year’s workshop also became an occasion to celebrate the five decades of scientific work of Prof. Krzysztof Pomorski, who is considered the main creator of the so-called “The Lublin School of Nuclear Physics” established at the Institute of Physics UMCS. The scientific research of Professor Pomorski relates to the overall structure of atomic nuclei, the dynamics of nuclear fusion and decay processes, collective phenomena in the nuclei, the study of the stability of the superheavy nuclei and many more detailed Physics issues. It is worth realizing that the atomic nuclei, built of protons and neutrons, represent more than 99.9% of the mass of known matter of the universe.
The professor is the author of more than 320 scientific publications created in cooperation with research centres in Poland, Germany, France, Russia and 5 books and manuals. He is also a laureate of prestigious awards, such as the Smoluchowski Medal awarded by the Polish Physical Society in 2011, the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta in 1989, awards: Individual and collective granted by the Ministry of National Education and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education between 1995 and 2003 and the award of the French Ministry of Education in 2000. In the current year, Prof. Krzysztof Pomorski and his research group received a prestigious grant to study the theoretical fission process of atomic nuclei in the new Polish-Chinese program SHENG-1 for almost 1.5 million PLN, funded together by the National Science Centre of China. The funding of this grant allows three doctoral scholarships to be financed for a period of 33 months and one two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute of Physics as well as the development of cooperation with the leading centres of nuclear physics in Beijing.
Finally, let’s add that the next 27 edition of the workshop of the nuclear physics in Kazimierz Dolny will be held in the last week of September 2020 of the year.