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NEW LIQUID NITROGEN FILLING SYSTEM

Many of the gamma-radiation detectors at iThemba LABS need to be kept cold using liquid nitrogen to achieve operating conditions. A new filling system has been developed over the last few months to replace the aging system that has been running for over a decade. On Wednesday 21 June the
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CONGRATULATIONS TO NEW GRADUATES

Dr Sidiki Zongo, a UNESCO-UNISA Africa Chair in Nanosciences & Nanotechnology Fellow, received his PhD in physics on 14 June 2017. He conducted his PhD project under the supervision of Prof Maaza at iThemba LABS & UNISA. “Whatever the challenge, each student can overcome.  If you want to win, then
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PARTICLE DETECTOR DONATION FOR RESEARCH

A set of silicon (Si (Li)) detectors were donated to iThemba LABS by the University of Oslo in a gesture of goodwill to further work being undertaken on the electron spectrometer.  Due to their extended thickness (5-6mm) these will be an invaluable asset to study energetic electrons in nuclear structure
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SAIP 2017

iThemba LABS exhibited at the SAIP 2017 Conference that was held at the University of Stellenbosch from 3-7 July.   Seen at SAIP2017: Prof Karlheinz Langanke and Dr Faïҫal Azaiez Prof Erich Rohwer, Dr Faïҫal Azaiez, Prof Louise Warnich at the SAIP Gala Dinner   iThemba LABS’ postgraduate students Sbaliso
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Mandela Legacy Education Week

A Mandela legacy initiative with a focus on education will be held at iThemba LABS from 18-21 July as part of Mandela Day celebrations.  All staff are invited and encouraged to participate. The week will start with a ”take a girl child to work” initiative on the 18th July 2017
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Science Communication Workshop

Participants at the Science Communication Workshop A very successful SAASTA/NPEP Science Writing workshop was held on 29 – 30 May at iThemba LABS.  It was attended by 65 participants, including students from MRD, Subatomic Physics and some communication representatives.  The purpose of the workshop was to introduce participants to writing
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2017 SA-JINR Student Practice

The Subatomic Physics Department (DSP) is coordinating the annual South Africa-Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (SA-JINR) Student Practice held at the JINR laboratories in Dubna, Russia from 29 May to 16 June 2017. In total, 16 students were selected from 8 SA Universities through a panel review meeting. In preparation
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Mr SA visits iThemba LABS

Dr Habib Noorbhai, current Mr South Africa visited iThemba LABS on 30 May. Dr Noorbhai is a Lecturer and Researcher at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He is also a Registered Biokineticist, Humanitarian and Motivational Speaker. In 2013, he was voted in South Africa’s top 100 brightest young minds
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Biomimetic and bioactive polymers – the next phase of health care?

On the 28th of June, iThemba LABS will be hosting a public lecture entitled: “Biomimetic and bioactive polymers – the next phase of health care?” The lecture will be presented by Prof Bert Klumperman (Stellenbosch University). In order to design and synthesize complex materials with advanced functionalities, scientists very often
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International Workshop on Level Density and Gamma Strength

The Department of Physics at the University of Oslo hosted an International Workshop on Level Density and Gamma Strength in Oslo, May 8-12, 2017. The workshop was the sixth in a series of biannual meetings in Oslo devoted to the subject, and enjoyed its 10th anniversary. The scientific program included
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