Professor Yury Litvinov has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). Litvinov is head of the Stored Particles Atomic Physics Research Collaboration (SPARC) detectors group within the Atomic Physics Research Division at GSI/FAIR. Litvinov was selected for this prestigious award for “outstanding contributions to precision experiments with heavy ion storage rings for cross-disciplinary research in nuclear structure, atomic physics, and astrophysics, and in particular for pioneering work on radioactive decays of highly charged nuclides.”
Yury Litvinov studied physics in St. Petersburg and has been a scientist at GSI since 1999. In 2009, he went to the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg for two years, where he completed his habilitation. Since 2011, Litvinov has been actively involved in FAIR’s APPA/SPARC research activities. Among others, he is the coordinator of experiments at the Experimental Storage Ring ESR and since 2012 he is the head of the “SPARC Detectors” group at FAIR, which is part of the “Atomic Physics” department. Since 2016, Litvinov has been Principal Investigator for the EU-funded ERC Consolidator Grant “ASTRUm” and since 2017 he holds an associate professorship at Heidelberg University.
“It is a great honor for me and I am very pleased to receive this important award,” Litvinov said on the occasion of his appointment. “I will continue to strive to expand knowledge of atomic, nuclear and astrophysics with the help of the research facilities, storage rings and trap systems currently available at GSI and in the future at FAIR, as well as around the world, and to pass this knowledge on to junior researchers as part of my teaching activities.”
The APS is the premier professional organization for physicists* in the United States and one of the most prestigious in the world. It has over 55,000 members from academia, national laboratories, and industry. The mission of APS is to advance and disseminate physics knowledge for the benefit of humankind, to promote physics, and to serve the entire physics community. Fellows are selected for their outstanding contributions to physics. Each year, based on a well-defined nomination and evaluation process, no more than one-half of one percent of APS members are elected Fellows.
Website of the APS: aps.org