Expert Group 3

Instrumentation and Computing

Expert Group 1The work in expert group 3 covers the research and development activities related to the developments for the FAIR experiments APPA, CBM, the various NuSTAR experiments, and PANDA. This includes the development of new detector systems, sophisticated trigger and data-acquisition systems, as well as software developments needed for the extraction of physical results from the complex detection patterns.

Concerning high-performance computation, an on-site Green-IT building is being developed that will use new state-of-the-art cooling technology requiring substantial R&D work. Field tests on cloud computing are carried out in the newly-developed Frankfurt Cloud Initiative. 

Thomas Aumann, leader Expert Group 3Thomas Aumann - Leader of Expert Group 3

Thomas Aumann, Professor of Experimental Physics, is the leader of the expert group 'Instrumentation and Computing' of the LOEWE center Helmholtz International Center for FAIR (HIC for FAIR). He was born in Neunkirchen in 1961. He received his doctoral degree from the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in 1995 and his Habilitation in 2006. He was appointed as a (tenured) Professor of Experimental Nuclear Physics in 2010 at the Technical University Darmstadt. His professorship is supported by HIC for FAIR. Before Thomas Aumann was appointed as a professor at the TU Darmstadt, he was a senior scientist at the GSI Helmholtz-Zentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH, where he is since 2008 the head of the research department 'Nuclear Reactions'. He spent his post-doctoral years at Mainz, at the National Superconducting-Cyclotron Laboratory NSCL at Michigan State University, USA, and at GSI.

His main research topics are experimental nuclear-structure physics with exotic ion beams, nuclear astrophysics, reactions with relativistic beams, and detector developments. Thomas Aumann is spokesperson of the international R3B collaboration, which is preparing and building the R3B (Reactions with Relativistic Radioactive Beams) experiment at FAIR.

Principal Investigators of Expert Group 3

  • Prof. Dr. Harald Appelshäuser (GU Frankfurt)
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Aumann (TU Darmstadt)
  • Prof. Dr. Gerhard Birkl (TU Darmstadt)
  • Prof. Dr. Christoph Blume (GU Frankfurt)
  • Prof. Dr. Kai-Thomas Brinkmann (JLU Gießen)
  • Prof. Dr. Henner Büsching (GU Frankfurt)
  • Dr. Michael Deveaux (GU Frankfurt)
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Düren (JLU Gießen)
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Dürr (JLU Gießen)
  • Prof. Dr. Joachim Enders (TU Darmstadt)
  • Prof. Dr. Tetyana Galatyuk (TU Darmstadt)
  • Prof. Dr. Claudia Höhne (JLU Gießen)
  • Prof. Dr. Udo Kebschull (GU Frankfurt)
  • Prof. Dr. Ivan Kisel (GU Frankfurt, FIAS)
  • Prof. Dr. Thorsten Kröll (TU Darmstadt)
  • Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Kühn (JLU Gießen)
  • Prof. Dr. Volker Lindenstruth (GU Frankfurt, FIAS)
  • Apl.-Prof. Hans-Jürgen Lüdde (GU Frankfurt)
  • Prof. Dr. Alfred Müller (JLU Gießen)
  • Prof. Dr. Wilfried Nörtershäuser (TU Darmstadt)
  • Dr. Rainer W. Novotny (JLU Gießen)
  • Prof. Dr. Norbert Pietralla (TU Darmstadt)
  • Dr. Wolfgang Plass (GSI, JLU Gießen)
  • Prof. Dr. René Reifarth (GU Frankfurt)
  • Prof. Dr. Markus Roth (TU Darmstadt)
  • Prof. Dr. Christoph Scheidenberger (GSI, JLU Gießen)
  • Dr. habil. Heiko Scheit (TU Darmstadt)
  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Schippers (JLU Gießen)
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Stöhlker (GSI, Univ. Jena)
  • Prof. Dr. Joachim Stroth (GU Frankfurt)
  • Prof. Dr. Alberica Toia (GU Frankfurt, GSI)
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Walther (TU Darmstadt)
  • Adj. Prof. (Yale Univ.) Volker Werner (TU Darmstadt)

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