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all-day Visit of Nobel Laureate Prof Jea... @ iThemba LABS, Cape Town
Visit of Nobel Laureate Prof Jea... @ iThemba LABS, Cape Town
Dec 18 all-day
Visit of Nobel Laureate Prof Jean Marie Lehn @ iThemba LABS, Cape Town
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News

New data on nuclear molecular state in Oxygen-16

The best candidate for a molecular state configuration in 16O was investigated using the K600 spectrometer and the CAKE silicon detector array. This state is interpreted by various models as a good candidate for a dilute cluster of 4 alpha-particles. Even though the new data provides a much clearer picture
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The 14-Carbon puzzle

The nucleus 14-Carbon presents a long standing mystery for nuclear physics. Some of its properties cannot be explained even with the most sophisticated models which may be due to new underlying physics. Complicating things further is the difficulty in measuring 14-Carbon in the laboratory and only recently technology has advanced
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iThemba LABS in the media (03/04/2017)

CITI VISION, ran a story on Thursday 2 March about the teacher workshops organized by iThemba LABS on 4 and 18 February. http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Local/City-Vision/teaching-educators-20170301 Ambrose Yaga spoke briefly on the national Radio Station, Umblobo Wenene on iThemba LABS’ presence at Scifest Africa.  This snippet aired at 21h30 on 12 March.
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Visitors

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.
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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.
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Long Range Planning Workshop for Gauteng Dept.

The Directorate visited Gauteng on 7 March for a workshop to discuss the 10 year plans for the department. Various stakeholders and students made presentations on the use of the facility.
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Tier-3 High Performance Computing Cluster at iThemba LABS

Through resources made available by CERN, a high performance computing cluster was launched to allow iThemba LABS a significant computer increase in capabilities, especially for the ALICE group as well as the whole SA-ALICE collaboration.
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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
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ALICE Muon Tracking Chambers (MCH) Upgrade Project

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
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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: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11911/26 High Energy Physics Workshop hosted at the Gauteng department of iThemba LABS: http://www.wits.ac.za/news/latest-news/research-news/2017/2017-02/high-energy-physics-workshop-inspires-young-talent.html Public Lecture at iThemba LABS appears on “Things to do in Somerset West” page: http://south-africa.siguez.com/somerset-west/ithemba-labs/public-lecture-big-thinking-about-small-things?2m9thupeo3
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