Perspektywy Education Foundation has announced the results of the Perspektywy University Ranking 2020, where academic universities and fields of studies were evaluated. Our physics is 5th among the 18th departments offering degrees at BSc, MSc and PhD levels in Poland.
It is worth adding that our physics ranked at the 8th spot in 2017, 7th one in 2018 and 3rd one in 2019, which proves its stable and high position.
We have the pleasure of inviting you to participate in the 12th Workshop on Current Problems in Physics 2019 (WCPP'19), which will be held on October 14-17, 2018, in Zielona Góra, Poland (http://www.if.uz.zgora.pl/~wcpp/wcpp19)
The aim of the contest of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education under the Regional Excellence Initiative program was to support particular groups of sciences in twelve regions of Poland. The selection of groups made by the Ministry was based on the so-called regional smart specializations, i.e. areas of the economy and science that have been identified as priorities for the development of a given region. In our region, within the group of exact sciences and engineering, the project called “Laboratory for Materials Research Engineering”, resulting from the cooperation between the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy and the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, will receive in the years 2019-22 a subsidy of approximately 12 000 000 PLN (including 8 500 000 PLN for the most modern research equipment). Dr hab. Mirosław R. Dudek (Faculty of Physics and Astronomy) is the project manager whereas the person responsible in the project from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering is dr hab. inż. Piotr Kuryło.
The project assumes the creation of “Laboratory for Materials Research Engineering” in the structure of the University of Zielona Góra, where research will be carried out in the field of nanotechnology, effect of vacuum and radiation on the properties of materials, methods of coating materials, properties of materials and metamaterials (including strength properties) and research by optical methods of meta, micro and nanomechanical systems. The project is to be used to increase the research potential of current research groups, to further develop international cooperation in the field of science, to develop methods of increasing innovation and greater effectiveness in obtaining funds for research. It is also intended to prepare young research staff to work in interdisciplinary teams.
We are pleased to inform that the collection of short interviews with polish scientists has just been published. All conversations were led by well-known writer and publicist Marek Oramus and the entire collection entitled On Heaven and Earth was published by the publishing house Fronda. Each of the 27 chapters introduces exciting topics of contemporary science through conversation with some of the polish leading researchers. As Marek Oramus says: the idea of these interviews was to show what the world is like. Most interviews appeared over the years 2009-2016, mainly in “Wiedza i Życie”, and also in “Plus Minus” (the weekend edition of “Rzeczpospolita”) and Fantastyka.
For obvious reasons, we suggest the interview No. 6 (in the part “On the Earth”) entitled "Huge Construction Site" that is partially available on the "Wiedza i Życie" magazine page.
Interview with Marek Oramus
The super-heavy elements which have all been manufactured in the laboratory, are highly unstable systems with extremely low production cross sections. Due to this the creation of new ones is very difficult. On the other hand, not all super-heavy isotopes of known super-heavy elements have been produced yet, and it is not excluded that among them “hide” some surprisingly long-lived one, either in its ground states or excited isomeric states. Therefore, it may be worthwhile to search for such nuclei and for such long-lived configurations, where its enhanced stability may result from the K-isomerism phenomenon which is based mainly on the (partial) conservation of the K-quantum numbers. (Where K is a total angular momentum along the symmetry axis and is a “good” quantum number in the case of axial symmetry). In general, the existence of such isomeric states is rather well established in nuclear structure physics, however the hindrance mechanisms responsible for slowing down their radioactive decay are still poorly understood. In particular, a hindrance of α decay, which is a prominent decay channel of super-heavy nuclei is not well elucidated. For those nuclei, hindered α transitions would lead to an increase in α-lifetimes and extra stability.
All the above-mentioned facts were the motivation of our recent study, the aim of which was to find the candidates for long-lived high-K isomers in a range of even-even super-heavy nuclei from seaborgium (Sg) to copernicium (Cn) by studying their dominant α-decay channel of two- and four-quasi-particle configurations at a low excitation. More detailed information about our search can be found in the article:
”Hindered α decays of heaviest high-K isomers”, P. Jachimowicz, M. Kowal, and J. Skalski, Phys. Rev. C 98, 014320 (2018),
as well as here: http://naukawpolsce.pap.pl/aktualnosci/news%2C31436%2Cncbj-izomery-pierwiastkow-superciezkich-moga-byc-znacznie-bardziej-stabilne">http://naukawpolsce.pap.pl/aktualnosci/news%2C31436%2Cncbj-izomery-pierw... in a language understandable to the educated non-physicist.
Generally, the main results of our study can be summarized as follows. We have found a quite strong hindrance against α decay for four-quasi-particle states π2v220+ and/or π2ν219+ in 264-270Ds (isotopes of darmstadtium). The predicted half-life for the four-quasiparticle state in 264Ds as well as in 270Ds is of the order of seconds (!) which allows one to think about chemical studies of such isomeric states instead of ground states. Contrary to what has been recognized so far, our analysis indicates that the α-decay hindrance in Ds nuclei results mainly from the two-quasi-proton excitation. The most prominent hindrance of the α decay among the two-quasiproton π210– states is predicted for 272Ds.
It is even not excluded that such long-lived super-heavy configurations were already produced before, but setup and electronics dedicated to the milliseconds measurements could not detect decays of objects living much longer. This intriguing possibility should be checked first. We have great hopes that such experiments will be done in the nearest future.
We have the pleasure of inviting you to participate in the 11th Workshop on Current Problems in Physics, which will be held on July 2-5, 2018, in Lviv, Ukraine.
The Scientific program of the Workshop will consist of Plenary talks: (45 min) and Section talks (20 min). The cultural program will include excursions in Lviv and its surroundings.
Working language of the Workshop is English.
In order to register, please, fill in the Registration form given below and return
it together with the abstract (TeX file, up to one A4 page + PDF file) by e-mail to
Deadlines for Registration, Abstract submission, and Reservation of accommodation is
June 01, 2018.
The accommodation can be provided at the University hotel, the prices are
approximately as follows:
Single room: 15 USD per day (without breakfast)
Double room: 20 USD per day (without breakfast)
Conference fee: 150 EUR
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