Recent years have seen considerable progress in the field of Superheavy Element Research. However, more sensitive experiments are needed, which demand further technical developments. Therefore we plan to organize a workshop to bring together leading experts from the relevant fields, summarize the present status of research and outline goals for future studies and for the benefit of young researchers. Central topic of the discussions will be to explore the possibilities for an upgrade of the UNILAC into direction of higher beam intensities and DC beams, which will allow to perform more sensitive experiments at a shorter measuring time.


Objective of the Workshop

The recent successful experiments in the field of Superheavy Element Research have clearly revealed first important information on the stability of these nuclei and how they can be produced. However, these experiments also demonstrated the current limitations. The production cross-sections decrease to values of about one picobarn for the heaviest elements, which at GSI requires irradiation times of several weeks using present day technology. The limitations could be overcome by an upgrade of the UNILAC into direction of higher beam intensities and DC beams. How the modernization could be technically achieved so that the unique source of information on nuclear interaction can further be explored, is the main aim of the workshop.

Key scientists from major laboratories working in the fields of Superheavy Element Synthesis, ion-source developments and accelerator physics (FLNR Russia, LBNL USA, RIKEN Japan, GANIL France, JYFL Finland, IMP China, and GSI Germany) will be invited to present their views, plans, developments, etc. towards the Superheavy Element Program at their laboratory. Studies of Superheavy Elements with respect to their nuclear and atomic structure, chemical properties and high precision mass measurements will be topics of the workshop.

The discussion of the experimental program will be accompanied by contributions from leading theorists presenting the most recent developments in the fields of nuclear structure calculations and reaction dynamics.