NSCL Directory Profile

Konrad Gelbke
NSCL and FRIB Laboratory Director
PhD, Nuclear Physics, University of Heidelberg 1973
Joined NSCL in January 1978
Phone(517) 908-7300
Fax(517) 353-5967
Office1003 B
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As a researcher, I am intrigued by the time-dependent phenomena that occur when nuclei collide. In my early studies, I utilized various interference effects to elucidate the boundary between semi-classical and quantum descriptions of elastic and inelastic scattering and transfer reactions. More recently, I have been fascinated by the disintegration of hot nuclei into many fragments—and developed new techniques to elucidate the space-time evolution of the hot and expanding reaction zone created in nuclear collisions. In the future, I plan to utilize beams of rare isotopes to explore the isospin dependence of the equation of state of neutron-rich nuclear matter and to study problems of astrophysical relevance.

As director, I wish to create a welcoming and stimulating environment for cutting-edge research and education, and I strongly believe that this is best done in a forefront research laboratory that is fully integrated into a university campus. Technical and scientific excellence, teamwork focused on solving problems, academic integrity, and open dialogue that withstands public scrutiny are core values that I cherish and foster. For our academic staff, teaching-learning-discovery blend into one. Our students and postdoctoral researchers find many opportunities to excel and build the foundation for future leadership positions in government laboratories, the private sector, or academe.

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