Fifteenth International Symposium on Capture Gamma-Ray Spectroscopy and Related Topics (CGS15)

25-29 August, 2014, TU Dresden, Germany


The Fifteenth International Symposium on Capture Gamma-Ray Spectroscopy and Related Topics (CGS15) was organized by the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) and the Technische Universität (TU) Dresden and held at TU Dresden from August 25 to August 29, 2014.

CGS15 was the fifteenth symposium in a series that started in Studsvik, Sweden (1969) and continued in Petten, The Netherlands (1974); Brookhaven, USA (1978); Grenoble, France (1981); Knoxville, USA (1984); Leuven, Belgium (1987); Asilomar, USA (1990); Fribourg, Switzerland (1993); Budapest, Hungary (1996); Santa Fe, USA (1999); Prague, Czech Republic (2002), South Bend, USA (2005), Cologne, Germany (2008) and Guelph, Canada (2011).

This conference continued the general themes of earlier meetings with special emphasis on gamma-ray spectroscopy used in neutron capture and also in a wider context in nuclear structure, nuclear reactions, nuclear astrophysics, statistical properties of nuclei, nuclear probes for fundamental physics, nuclear data, novel techniques and applications. The international advisory committee suggested a huge number of speakers and took care to have a selection of well-established researchers as well as the young generation of researchers. To accommodate as many talks as possible, parallel sessions were conducted for the various topics which allowed us to schedule 87 invited talks. The program committee selected 46 from the 71 contributed abstracts for oral presentation. In addition, 25 posters were presented during the poster session on Tuesday evening along with drinks and snacks in a relaxed atmosphere.

The social program included a welcoming reception on Monday evening which provided an engaging atmosphere for getting to know each other and starting discussions. The excursion on Wednesday brought us to the ancient fortress “Königstein”, from where one has an impressive overview of the landscape of the so-called “Saxon Switzerland”. The day was concluded with the conference dinner in a restaurant along the banks of the Elbe river. In a special lunch meeting on Thursday, two bids for hosting the next conference in the series were discussed by members of the advisory and program committees. After a considerable debate, it was decided that Prof. Yang Sun from Shanghai Jiao Tong University will chair CGS16 in 2017. Although being just one in a long series of conferences, CGS15 attracted many participants from all over the world. We counted about 170 participants, among them about 50 from America and 15 from China, Japan and Korea. Several participants were regular attendees of the CGS series. Here, I want to mention in particular Prof. Till von Egidy from TU München who has attended all 15 conferences. In the concluding remarks on CGS15, Prof. von Egidy gave us an interesting and entertaining summary of the history of the CGS series.

The present proceedings complete the work on CGS15. The organization of this conference was a large effort for the groups at HZDR and TU Dresden. I want to thank all my colleagues who helped to make this conference successful. In particular, I want to mention Kristin Walter, who handled the administrative issues at TU Dresden, our institute secretary, Sirit Vellguth, and Juliane Kranz from the finance department of HZDR. Special thanks go to my colleagues of the Nuclear Physics division of HZDR for their help in organizing the conference and their assistance during the sessions of the conference. Here, Ralph Massarczyk deserves special mention. Finally, I want to express my best wishes to Yang Sun as he chairs the organization of CGS16. I look forward to this meeting in Shanghai in 2017 and hope to see all of you there.

Ronald Schwengner
(Chairman of CGS15)

Organizing Committees

Local Organizing Committee

Ronald Schwengner (Chairman) (HZDR)
Kai Zuber (Co-chairman) (TU)
Daniel Bemmerer (HZDR)
Arnd Junghans (HZDR)
Ralph Massarczyk (HZDR)
Andreas Wagner (HZDR)
Anne Varga (HZDR)
Sirit Vellguth (HZDR)
Kristin Walter (TU)
Susann Busch (TU)
Gisela Schöler (TU)

International Advisory Committee

Hartmut Abele (Wien)
Ani Aprahamian (Notre Dame)
Thomas Aumann (Darmstadt)
Tamas Belgya (Budapest)
Lee Bernstein (Livermore)
Jeff Blackmon (Louisiana)
Klaus Blaum (Heidelberg)
Mike Carpenter (Argonne)
Jolie Cizewski (Rutgers)
Paul Garrett (Guelph)
Magne Guttormsen (Oslo)
Sotirios Harissopulos (Demokritos)
Kris Heyde (Gent)
Seung-Woo Hong (Seoul)
Christian Iliadis (Chapel Hill)
Piet van Isacker (GANIL)
Masayuki Igashira (Tokyo)
Jan Jolie (Köln)
Rauno Julin (Jyväskylä)
Guinyun Kim (Daegu)
Paul Koehler (Oslo)
Reiner Krücken (TRIUMF)
Sean Liddick (Michigan State)
Norbert Pietralla (Darmstadt)
Robert Tribble (Texas A&M)
Hiroaki Utsunomiya (Konan)
Stephen Wender (Los Alamos)
Michael Wiescher (Notre Dame)
Steven Yates (Kentucky)
Yanlin Ye (Beijing)
Victor Zamfir (Bucharest)

Program Committee

Alejandro Algora (Valencia)
Alison Bruce (Brighton)
Jens Dilling (TRIUMF)
Alfredo Galindo-Uribarri (Oak Ridge)
Alejandro Garcia (Seattle)
Rolf-Dietmar Herzberg (Liverpool)
Mark Huyse (Leuven)
Michael Jentschel (ILL Grenoble)
Rostislav Jolos (Dubna)
Dao Tien Khoa (Hanoi)
Filip Kondev (Argonne)
Milan Krticka (Prague)
Gabriel Martinez Pinedo (Darmstadt)
Tohru Motobayashi (RIKEN)
Ron Nelson (Los Alamos)
Peter von Neumann-Cosel (Darmstadt)
Filomena Nunes (Michigan State)
Thomas Rauscher (Hatfield)
Patrick Regan (Surrey)
Hendrik Schatz (Michigan State)
Andrew Stuchbery (Australian National Univ.)
Anton Tonchev (Livermore)
Andreas Zilges (Köln)

Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR)
Technische Universität Dresden (TU)

List of participants

Hartmut Abele, TU Wien
Baki Akkus, Istanbul University
Ani Aprahamian, University of Notre Dame
Albert Avetisyan, Yerevan Physics Institute
Pawel Baczyk, University of Warsaw
Gordon Ball, TRIUMF Vancouver
Adriana Banu, James Madison University Harrisonburg
Massimo Barbagallo, INFN Bari
Mary Beard, University of Notre Dame
Tamas Belgya, Centre for Energy Research Budapest
Daniel Bemmerer, HZDR
Nadia Benouaret, University of Alger
Janis Berzins, University of Latvia Riga
Roland Beyer, HZDR
Megha Bhike, Duke University & TUNL Durham
Roelof Bijker, ICN-UNAM Mexico
Vinzenz Bildstein, University of Guelph
Shawn Bishop, TU München
Aurelien Blanc, ILL Grenoble
Andrey Blazhev, Universität zu Köln
Darren Bleuel, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Carsten Brandau, Universtät Gießen
Brian Bucher, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Maik Butterling, HZDR
Liliana Caballero, University of Guelph
Francesca Cavanna, Università di Genova
Aaron Couture, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Catherine Deibel, Louisiana State University
Olivier Delaune, CEA Bruyères-le-Châtel
Vera Derya, Universität zu Köln
Alexis Diaz-Torres, ECT* Trento
Iris Dillmann, TRIUMF Vancouver
Paraskevi Dimitriou, IAEA Vienna
Alexander R. Domula, TU Dresden
Pieter Doornenbal, RIKEN Saitama
Till von Egidy, TU München
Anne Endres, Goethe Universität Frankfurt
Philipp Erbacher, Goethe Universität Frankfurt
Aysegul Ertoprak, Istanbul University
Stephan Ettenauer, CERN Geneva
Dan Mihai Filipescu, ELI-NP Bucharest
Paul Finlay, KU Leuven
Richard Firestone, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Kieran Flanagan, University of Manchester
Alba Formicola, INFN Gran Sasso
Ulrika Forsberg, Lund University
Stefan Frauendorf, University of Notre Dame
Carla Frohlich, North Carolina State University Raleigh
Kunihiro Fujita, Kyushu University Fukuoka
Jose-Enrique García-Ramos, University of Huelva
Ronald Garcia Ruiz, KU Leuven
Adam Garnsworthy, TRIUMF Vancouver
Paul Garrett, University of Guelph
Francesca Giacoppo, University of Oslo
Kathrin Göbel, Goethe Universität Frankfurt
Philip Gore, FM Research Professionals Nashville
Eckart Grosse, TU Dresden
Robert Grzywacz, University of Tennessee Knoxville
Pierre Halipre, IPN Orsay
Hideo Harada, JAEA Tokai-mura
John Hardy, Texas A&M University
Andreas Heusler, Heidelberg
Sally Hicks, University of Dallas
Jun-ichi Hori, Kyoto University
Alan Howard, University of Aarhus
Johann Isaak, EMMI and GSI Darmstadt
Marian Jandel, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Jan Jolie, Universität zu Köln
Elizabeth Jones, FM Research Professionals Nashville
Arnd R. Junghans, HZDR
Matthias Junker, INFN Gran Sasso
Sergei Kamerdzhiev, IPPE Obninsk
Rituparna Kanungo, Saint Mary's University Halifax
Tatsuya Katabuchi, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Bonginkosi Kheswa, iThemba LABS Somerset
Guinyun Kim, Kyungpook National University Daegu
Gabor Kiss, ATOMKI Debrecen
Toni Kögler, HZDR
Filip Kondev, Argonne National Laboratory
Tamara Krasta, University of Latvia Riga
Susanne Kreim, CERN Geneva
Jiri Kroll, North Carolina State University Raleigh
Milan Krticka, Charles University Prague
Petra Kudejova, TU München
Natasa Lalovic, Lund University/GSI
Hans-Jürgen Lange, Canberra Rüsselsheim
Kyle Leach, TRIUMF Vancouver
Björn Lehnert, TU Dresden
Lou Sai Leong, JAEA Tokai-mura
Shelly Lesher, University of Wisconsin La Crosse
Amiram Leviatan, Hebrew University Jerusalem
Yuri Litvinov, GSI Darmstadt
Elena Litvinova, Western Michigan University Kalamazoo
Nicola Lo Iudice, Universita di Napoli
Christian Lorenz, HZDR
Ralph Massarczyk, HZDR
Thomas Materna, CEA Saclay
Dan Melconian, Texas A&M University
Javier Menendez, TU Darmstadt
Edana Merchan, Univ. of Massachusetts Lowell
Takahiro Mizusaki, Senshu University Tokyo
Raymond Moreh, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Beer-Sheva
Shea Mosby, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Kevin Moschner, Universität zu Köln
Matthew Mumpower, University of Notre Dame
Stefan Müller, HZDR
Hitoshi Nakada, Chiba University
Ron Nelson, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Valentin Nesterenko, JINR Dubna
Peter von Neumann-Cosel, TU Darmstadt
Shunji Nishimura, RIKEN Saitama
Kosuke Nomura, GANIL Caen
Markus Nyman, IRMM Geel
Riza Ogul, Selcuk University Konya
Yesim Oktem, Istanbul University
Shuya Ota, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Takaharu Otsuka, University of Tokyo
Anuj Parikh, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya Barcelona
Maik Partzsch, HZDR
Matthew Pearson, TRIUMF Vancouver
Erin Peters, University of Kentucky Lexington
Simon G. Pickstone, Universität zu Köln
Norbert Pietralla, TU Darmstadt
Marco Pignatari, University of Basel
Arjan Plompen, EC-JRC-IRMM Geel
Andrew Pollitt, ILL Grenoble
Andrew Ratkiewicz, Rutgers University Piscataway
Jean-Marc Régis, Universität zu Köln
René Reifarth, Goethe Universität Frankfurt
Stefan Reinicke, HZDR
Therese Renstrøm, University of Oslo
Marko Röder, HZDR
Christopher Romig, TU Darmstadt
Timothy Ross, University of Kentucky Lexington
Gencho Rusev, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Hendrik Schatz, Michigan State University East Lansing
Marcus Scheck, University of the West of Scotland Paisley
Daniela Scheibler, HZDR
Konrad Schmidt, HZDR
Ronald Schwengner, HZDR
Valentina Semkova, IAEA Vienna
Sunniva Siem, University of Oslo
Brad Sleaford, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Mark Spieker, Universität zu Köln
David Steppenbeck, University of Tokyo
Yang Sun, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Daniel Stach, HZDR
Klaus Stöckel, HZDR
Dmytro Symochko, TU Darmstadt
Tamas Szücs, HZDR
Marcell Takacs, HZDR
Jose Luis Tain, IFIC/CSIC Valencia
Eri Teruya, Saitama University
Ivo Tomandl, Nuclear Physics Institute Rez
Anton Tonchev, Livermore National Laboratory
Werner Tornow, Duke University & TUNL Durham
Thu Trang Trinh, HZDR
Nadia Tsoneva, Universität Gießen
Gry Merete Tveten, University of Oslo
John Ullmann, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Stanislav Valenta, Charles University Prague
Jeffrey Vanhoy, US Naval Academy Annapolis
Alexander Voinov, Ohio University Athens
Andreas Wagner, HZDR
Louis Wagner, HZDR
Volker Werner, TU Darmstadt
Mathis Wiedeking, iThemba LABS Somerset
Frank Wienholtz, Universität Greifswald
Michael Wiescher, University of Notre Dame
Kathrin Wimmer, Central Michigan University Mt. Pleasant
John Wood, Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta
Chris Wrede, Michigan State University East Lansing
Katarzyna Wrzosek-Lipska, University of Warsaw
Steven Yates, University of Kentucky Lexington
Deyan Yordanov, IPN Orsay
Naotaka Yoshinaga, Saitama University
Yuhu Zhang, Institute of Modern Physics Lanzhou
Andreas Zilges, Universität zu Köln
Kai Zuber, TU Dresden
Petar Zugec, University of Zagreb