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PhD thesis under supervision


Biografic note of Adam Maj

Adam Maj was born in 1955 in Sidzina village south of Poland. In 1974 he accomplished the high school (liceum) in Myslenice. He completed the study of physics at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow in 1979, specializing in nuclear physics. He successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis “In-beam spectroscopy of 198Po and 200Po nuclei” at Niewodniczanski Institute of Nuclear Physics in 1988, having Stanislaw Ogaza as the supervisor. He obtained his habilitation in 2001 upon the dissertation “Properties of hot and fast rotating nuclei studied with giant dipole resonance in exclusive experiments”. The title of the state nominated Professor he obtained from the President of Poland Lech Kaczynski in 2006.

Since 1979 Adam Maj has been employed in the Niewodniczanski Institute of Nuclear Physics Polish Academy of Sciences (IFJ PAN) in Krakow. At the beginning, mainly during his stay in Hahn-Meitner Institute in Berlin (1982-1984), where he worked with Karl-Hugo Maier, he dealt with experimental studies of the structure of atomic nuclei using methods of gamma, conversion electrons and alpha-particles spectroscopy, as well as using measurements of magnetic moments of isomeric states. From1989 he started close collaboration with the Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen, as the post-doc and later visiting professor, working within HECTOR collaboration together with Jens Jørgen Gaardhøje from Copenhagen and Angela Bracco from Milano. In this time Adam Maj extended his interests on studies of hot rotating nuclei using the gamma decay of the giant dipole resonance and implemented such studies in Krakow. In these investigations he confirmed existence of the Jacobi shape transition in atomic nuclei, as well as a presence of another exotic nuclear shapes. Since 2005 years he has been in addition engaged in the RISING and PRESPEC projects at GSI Darmstadt aiming to study properties of exotic nuclei produced in the relativistic fragmentation of heavy ions. He is also deeply involved in preparation of new scientific projects for the radioactive beams from the soon available new accelerator complex SPIRAL2 in Caen (France). He initiated and now coordinates a new European project aiming at developing novel detector - PARIS - for high-energy gamma-ray studies. He is a co-author of about 260 scientific papers (h-factor=31) and supervisor of four successfully promoted Ph.D. students (Maria Kmiecik, Monika Brekiesz, Szymon Myalski, Michał Ciemala).

Presently Professor Adam Maj is the Scientific Director of IFJ PAN. He owns several memberships: the IFJ PAN Scientific Committee, the Scientific Committee of the Warsaw Heavy Ion Laboratory (vice-chairman), the GANIL Scientific Committee, the Nuclear Physics European Collaboration Committee (NuPECC), the Nuclear Physics and its Application Committee of the Polish Physical Society, the Polish Nuclear Physics Network and the chairman of the Scientific Committee of the polish IFMIF-ELAMAT project.
In 2013, he was awarded with the Golden Cross of Merit.


PhD thesis under supervision of Adam Maj


  • Maria Kmiecik (2001) “Własności jąder atomowych i mechanizmy reakcji jądrowych badane za pomocą gigantycznego rezonansu dipolowego” (“Properties of atomic nuclei and mechanisms of nuclear reactions studied by means of giant dipole resonance”)
  • Monika Brekiesz (2006) “Rozpad γ GDR i emisja cząstek naładowanych z gorących, szybko obracających się jąder 46Ti i 132Ce” (“Gamma decay of the GDR and charged particles emission from hot, fast rotating 46Ti and 132Ce nuclei”)
  • Szymon Myalski (2011) „Badanie mechanizmu wzbudzania stanów izomerycznych w reakcjach fragmentacji przy relatywistycznych energiach” (“Studies of mechanisms of isomeric states excitations in fragmentation reactions at relativistic energies”)
  • Michal Ciemała (2013) “Badanie dynamiki rozpadu jądra złożonego dla ekstremalnych wartości krętu i temperatury” ("Study of the dynamics of the compound nucleus decay for extreme values of angular momentum and temperature").

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