Monthly Archives: March 2017


Adolf from Motetswhane the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) in Botswana is visiting the ERL from 27 February to 31 March.

Samafou Penabei, a PhD student from the University of Douala in Cameroon, is a visitor to the ERL from 28 February to 31 May.

Science Engagement

The CIT Dept. presented science workshops for educators in Lady Frere and Queenstown in the Eastern Cape between 27 February and 2 March.

Uranium carbide (UCx) targets for radioactive beams

Ntombizonke Kheswa, the Subatomic Physics Department target maker, recently visited the Italian and French laboratories that are specializing in the manufacture of uranium carbide (UCx) targets for radioactive beams. The purpose for her visit was to identify the requirements for the establishment of a laboratory capable of producing UCx targets and to acquire the necessary skills for the production of carbide targets. Her visit included two-weeks of visit and training at the Legnaro National Laboratory (LNL) and a two day visit to the Institute of Nuclear Physics of Orsay (IPNO).

ALICE Muon Tracking Chambers (MCH) Upgrade Project

Rony Kuriakose at CERN

Rony Kuriakose (electronic engineer-Instrumentation Group) and Zinhle Buthelezi (researcher– iThemba-ALICE group), visited CERN, Geneva, Switzerland from 12-25 February. CERN is currently undergoing various upgrades within the ALICE (A Large Ion Collider Experiment) detector – one of numerous experiments on the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) ring. The opportunity to be involved in the electronics for the ALICE Muon Tracking Chambers (MCH), among other projects will be discussed in the Subatomic physics department.

iThemba LABS in the media (22/03/2017)

Check out the advertisement for iThemba LABS training opportunities in the Quest Magazine, vol13, no 1, p37:

High Energy Physics Workshop hosted at the Gauteng department of iThemba LABS:

Public Lecture at iThemba LABS appears on “Things to do in Somerset West” page:

Learner’s Lecture: Dr Sudesh Sivarasu

Dr Sudesh Sivarasu, Senior Lecturer in the Division of Biomedical Engineering at UCT, will present a lecture for High School learners. He received the TW Kambule-NSTF Award for Emerging Researchers at the prestigious 18th annual National Science and Technology Forum Awards Dinner. Earlier this year Dr Sivarasu was also awarded a Claude Leon Merit Award for emerging researchers.

Public Lecture – Prof Suprakas Ray

Imagine a sticker, slapped onto a miner’s sleeve that could warn underground workers about the presence of toxic or flammable gases; or a material that could adsorb heavy metal pollutants from mine wastewater without the need for large, expensive and power-hungry purification equipment. Such elegant solutions in the context of local challenges like mine safety, pollution, electricity supply, and providing clean water to communities, would make a big difference and it requires big thinking

Visitor: Margaret Adedokun

Margaret Adedokun is a physics assistant lecturer and a Ph.D. (medical physics) student from the University of Lagos in Nigeria. She is visiting the environmental radioactivity laboratory (ERL) of the subatomic physics department, as of February 1st to March 31st. The purpose of her visit is to utilize the HPGe (hyper-pure germanium) detector available in the ERL, in order to perform the analysis of naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORMs) in water, soil and plant samples collected around Lagos.