all-day International Masterclasses 2019 @ iThemba LABS, Cape Town
International Masterclasses 2019 @ iThemba LABS, Cape Town
Apr 16 all-day
International Masterclasses in particle physics give secondary school students the opportunity to discover the world of quarks and leptons for themselves, by performing measurements on real data from CERN, to meet active particle physics researchers,[...]
all-day ANPC (Kruger19) @ Protea Hotel, Kruger National Park
ANPC (Kruger19) @ Protea Hotel, Kruger National Park
Jul 1 – Jul 5 all-day
all-day CYC2019 @ Westin Hotel, Cape Town
CYC2019 @ Westin Hotel, Cape Town
Sep 22 – Sep 27 all-day


First Production Run at the New Tandetron Facility

Sulphur material is notoriously known to evaporate rapidly under the effect of ion beam irradiation, and for this reason sulphur targets are seldom used. The first production run at the new Tandetron facility was performed to test a new target making approach. The element is encapsulated in between extremely thin
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The demise of the largest and oldest African baobabs

The paper “The demise of the largest and oldest African baobabs”, by Adrian Patrut, Stephan Woodborne, Roxana T Patrut, Laszlo Rakosy, Daniel A Lowy, Grant Hall, Karl F von Reden, published in Nature Plants, Volume 4, 423-426 (2018) was ranked #66/100 globally for its news value, and #21 when compared
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Successful Measurements with the Tape Station

2018 has seen two experiments run on the tape station, the PhD project of Lucky Makhathini. Long ago, the Nobel Prize winners Aage Bohr and Ben Mottelson solved the Schrodinger equation for the atomic nucleus. They predicted that the nucleus could vibrate in certain ways. But is this really true?
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Electron Spectrometer Commissioned

The electron spectrometer project was successfully commissioned in October, a little later than expected than July when the device faced several severe problems in its first tests. The hard work of the “One iThemba” team from Subatomic physics, Instrumentation and IT, and Accelerator departments, all rallied around to fix the
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The annual student summer school at iThemba LABS commenced on Thursday the 10th of January with in attendance 24 students representing a total of ten HEI’s (Higher Education institutions) from across the country. Organized under the training umbrella of SAINTS (Southern African Institute of Nuclear Technology and Sciences), the iThemba
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Exploring the Secrets of Deformed Nuclei

The first K600 experiment for 2018 was performed at the beginning of June. The experiment, performed with 200 MeV protons, provided excellent data for a study of a particular vibrational mode of deformed Samarium nuclei. The local team was joined by scientists and students from the universities of Stellenbosch, the
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Towards the Construction of the Most Powerful Microscope Using Particle Accelerators

About 500 physicists gathered in Amsterdam, Holland, in April to discuss the prospects for this new more powerful accelerator. Prof Bruce Mellado was invited to give a plenary talk at the opening day, attended by the Director General of CERN and other leading members of the High Energy Physics community
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Russian Visit

The Accelerator Department recently hosted two Ion Source physicists, Dr Sergey Bogomolov and Dr Andrey Efremov, from the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia, to collaborate on a project aimed at producing lithium ion beam from the external electron cyclotron resonance ion source (ECRIS). During the research visit,
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New Collaboration In Africa

Mathis Wiedeking and Peane Maleka visited colleagues at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) in Tanzania to finalize discussions on collaborative projects and on a formal agreement between the two institutes.  The physics group at UDSM includes applied nuclear physics and material science and mutual research interests which are
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The First Biennial African Conference on Fundamental Physics and Applications and the African School of Fundamental Physics and Applications June-July

This conference themed “African Conference on Physics, ACP2018” is the first of its kind in Africa! It is an international event including scientists from Europe, USA and Africa. It took place from 28 June to 4 July 2018 at Namibia University of Science and Technology. iThemba LABS was represented at
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