3rd International Symposium on Super-Heavy Elements
“Challenges in the studies of super-heavy nuclei and atoms”.
SHE 2017

September 10-14, 2017, Kazimierz Dolny, Poland

The SHE 2017 Symposium follows the meetings at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, in 2013 and in 2015.

The Symposium will be organized at Kazimierz Dolny, Poland, starting at the evening of September 10th, 2017. There will be a gathering of symposium participants in Warsaw organized on Saturday evening of September 9th.The tour of Marie Curie Skłodowska museum at the Old City of Warsaw is planned on Sunday morning, September 10th, followed by lunch and conference bus ride to Kazimierz Dolny. The lectures will start at the evening of September 10th. The departure bus to Warsaw is planned for the morning of September 14th .Other organizational details will be announced at the 2nd circular of SHE 2017.

The symposium is jointly organized by the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR, Dubna), University of Maria Curie-Skłodowska (UMCS, Lublin), National Centre for Nuclear Research (NCBJ, Warsaw) and the University of Warsaw (UW, Warsaw).

Yuri Ts. Oganessian  (JINR-FLNR  Dubna) serves as a Chair of the International Scientific Committee, and Michal Warda (UMCS Lublin) serves as a Chair of the Organizing Committee. Symposium is co-chaired by Michal Kowal (NCBJ Warsaw) and Sergei N. Dmitriev (JINR – FLNR, Dubna).

Scientific scope:

The discovery of superheavy elements poses many fundamental questions in the physics and chemistry of super heavy nuclei and elements:

  • How many protons and neutrons can a nucleus can hold?
  • What is the most effective way to synthesize even heavier nuclei and new elements?
  • Where are the limits of the Island of Stability and of Periodic Table?
  • How can be developed and unified description of nuclear properties for SHN?
  • What are the effects of the strongest Coulomb fields on atomic properties?
  • Can we understand the spontaneous fission process of SHN competing with other decay modes?

New powerful laboratories including the Super-Heavy Element Factory at Dubna and SPIRAL-II facility at GANIL as well as upgrades at RIKEN and other facilities under consideration together with neutron-rich actinide targets and possibly radioactive isotope beams and improved separation and detection methods can help us answer these questions and continue the discoveries at the top of nuclear and atomic worlds. The symposium will address these topics and help define a strategy for successful expansion of our understanding of the heaviest isotopes and atomic elements.