China, Lanzhou

Heavy Ion Research Facility at Lanzhou



IMP operates the Heavy Ion Research Facility in Lanzhou (HIRFL), which consists of the Sector Focusing Cyclotron, the Separated Sector Cyclotron, the Cooler Storage Ring (CSR), and a number of experimental terminals. After a half century of development, IMP has become the most important research center for heavy ion sciences in China.

IMP’s main research focuses on nuclear reactions, nuclear spectroscopy, the properties of nuclear matter, the chemistry of super-heavy elements and synthesis of new super heavy isotopes, key reactions in stellar evolution, high energy density physics, and highly charged heavy ion interactions. After the CSR was put into operation in 2008, IMP set making precision mass measurements of short-lived nuclides as its highest priority research program at HIRFL. A batch of nuclear masses was measured with a precision of up to

10-7 using isochronous mass spectrometry, and the implications for nuclear structures and nucleosynthesis in the rapid proton capture process of X-ray bursts have been investigated. So far, this research has led to three main conclusions. 64Ge is certainly not a major waiting point in the rapid proton capture process in X-ray bursts. Aided by model calculations, no strong Ca–Sc cycle can be formed in X-ray bursts. Last but not least, a breakdown of the quadratic form of the mass equation for analogous states was found.



The Institute of Modern Physics


Heavy-ion physics

Key words: New Nuclides, Nuclear Physics with Research of Radioactive Ion Beams, Research on Heavy Ion Collisions at Low and Intermediate Energies and the Properties of Hot Nuclei, High spin Nuclear Structure, Theoretical Nuclear Physics, Atomic Physics of Highly Charged Ions, Swift Heavy Ion in Matter Physics, Biological Effects of Heavy Ion Irradiation and Heavy Ion Therapy.





The Heavy Ion Research Facility in Lanzhou (HIRFL) has the SFC with K=70, the SSC with K=450: Sector Focusing Cyclotron, the Separated Sector Cyclotron, the Cooler Storage Ring (CSR), and a number of experimental terminals.



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1. Applicants should be experts and scholars of Chinese nationality or those willing to renounce their foreign nationality and settle down in China.
2. Experience of succession scientific research work abroad for at least two years after receiving doctorate degree; no more than 45 years of age.
3. Experience of taking charge of one or several projects independently or acting as one of main backbones of a project and making remarkable progress and contribution.
4. Ability to guide the direction of their research field, long-term strategic insight, ability to lead a team to explore S&T frontiers and make innovation achievements.
5. Experience of making international level research achievements and presenting a number of influential papers in high influential journals, or mastering key technologies and possessing significant invention patents.
6. Integrity, dedication, creativity and team spirit


ELISe - ELectron-Ion Scattering in a Storage Ring (eA collider) The FLAIR (Facility for Low-energy Antiproton and heavy-Ion Research) Collaboration  SPARC - Stored Particles Atomic Physics Research Collaboration NUSTAR - International Nuclear Structure and Astrophysics Community  The SuperFRS Project The PANDA (Proton ANtiproton DArmstadt) Experiment



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