Helmholtz International Fellow Award winner Professor David Hinde of the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia (right) and Professor Frank Maas, director of the Helmholtz Institute Mainz − HIM − (left) on the rooftop of the newly constructed HIM Building on the campus of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz celebrating the award on the occasion of the visit of the winner to Mainz in September 2015. (Photo: Ch. Düllmann, Univ. Mainz)
Professor Dr. David Hinde is Director of the Heavy Ion Accelerator Facility at the Australian National University (ANU) Canberra, Australia. He is a world renowned expert in fundamental high-precision studies of low energy nuclear fusion reactions across a wide mass range of the chart of nuclei. Unique instruments for such studies, called "CUBE" and “SOLITAIRE”, have been constructed and exploited under his leadership. These perfectly exploit the precision beam characteristics, including the excellent micro-timestructure, of the ANU Heavy Ion Accelerator Facility, based at the Department of Nuclear Physics. Thanks to the superb performance of the CUBE, the dynamics of the fusion process of two atomic nuclei can be recorded on a timescale of 10-21 s, thus bringing new understanding to phenomena facilitating or hindering the fusion of two colliding nuclei.
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