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Michael Block

Principal Investigator

Michael Block is internationally recognised as a leading figure in superheavy elements research, applying in particular low-energy methods from atomic physics such as Penning trap mass spectrometry and laser spectroscopy to precision measurements of atomic and nuclear properties of the heaviest nuclides. Hiss research interest also comprises nuclear spectroscopy of heavy and superheavy nuclei. Major achievements were pioneering mass measurements of the nobelium and lawrencium isotopes with SHIPTRAP and the first optical spectroscopy of an element above fermium.

Michael Block has also been strongly involved in technical and methodical developments for mass spectrometry. For example, the phase-imaging ion-cyclotron-resonance technique, a major breakthrough in mass spectrometry of radionuclides, has been developed at SHIPTRAP at GSI. He has published more than 150 papers on various refereed journals, many of which as Letters (4 in Nature, 14 in PRL, and 4 in PLB). The complete list can be found under the ORCID link given above. Publons reports more than 3,400 citations with h-index 34.


Prof. Dr. Michael Block

GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH

Planckstr. 1
64291 Darmstadt, Germany