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Why lightning often strikes twice. New study reveals needle-like structures in positively charged lightning leaders
When:18 April 2019

An international group of researchers, led by Brian Hare and Olaf Scholten from KVI-CART have discovered new structures on positively charged lightning leaders. These can explain why lightning often discharges a few times along the same channel. See for a more complete account.

Short-lived isotopes image proton therapy in real-time
When:28 February 2019

Proton therapy is a way to irradiate certain cancer patients more effectively and accurately. At KVI-CART, Peter Dendooven and colleagues develop in-beam positron emission tomography (PET) of very short-lived isotopes to enable real-time monitoring of proton therapy.

Zpannend Zernike: Backstage in the wondrous world of science and technology
When:28 September 2018

Zpannend Zernike: Backstage in the wondrous world of science and technology

KVI-CART wetenschappers Olaf Scholten en Brian Hare in het NTR wetenschapsprogramma Focus
When:05 September 2018

Op woensdag 5 september wordt er in de uitzending van het programma Focus op NPO2 om 20:45 "Door de bliksem getroffen" ondermeer aandacht besteed aan het onderzoek dat op KVI-CART wordt gedaan door Brian Hare en Olaf Scholten waarbij LOFAR wordt gebruikt om de ontwikkeling van bliksem beter te begrijpen.

Louis Put deceased
When:07 August 2018

On June 23rd 2018 Louis Put deceased at the age of 81. After having obtained his PhD at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, he continued his scientific career at the Physics Department of the University of Groningen and then moved together with the team headed by Prof. Brinkman to the newly established Kernfysisch Versneller Instituut at the campus of the University of Groningen.

ERC Grants awarded to four UG scientists, among which Julia Even
When:30 July 2018

ERC Grants awarded to Julia Even

Nasser Kalantar-Nayestanaki appointed Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion
When:26 April 2018

By royal resolution Nasser Kalantar-Nayestanaki has been appointed Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion on April 26.

Investment of millions of euros in astroparticle physics
When:12 April 2018

The neutrino telescope KM3NeT has received in the framework of the NWO Roadmap for scientific research infrastructures a grant of 12.7 million euro received as a contribution for the investments in this telescope under construction in the Mediterranean Sea.

University of Groningen joins the AMS-02 collaboration
When:09 April 2018

With the appointment of the Rosalind Franklin Fellow Dr. Manuela Vecchi at KVI-CART, the University of Groningen recently became part of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-02), a cosmic rays detector operating aboard the International Space Station.

Turning lead into knowledge
When:09 April 2018

The ancient alchemists dreamed of turning lead into gold. But nuclear physicist Nasser Kalantar -Nayestanaki has other dreams: he wants to know how 82 protons and 126 neutrons stick together to form the nucleus of a lead atom. He has been chasing this dream at the KVI-CART research institute of the University of Groningen for well over twenty years.

Radio telescope LOFAR shows how lightning grows
When:05 March 2018

The Dutch radio telescope LOFAR, which fans out over a large part of Europe from the Northern Netherlands, is able to observe the creation of lightning flashes. An international scientific team, with a leading role for University of Groningen physicists Brian Hare and Olaf Scholten, shows that LOFAR can detect the developing flashes at an unprecedented one-metre resolution.

KVI-CART contributes to proton therapy research in HORIZON2020 IA INSPIRE
When:05 February 2018

On 1 March 2018 the Integrating Activity INSPIRE (INfraStructure in Proton International REsearch, funded by the EU-HORIZON2020 with a total of 5 million Euro, will take off. In INSPIRE KVI-CART collaborates with fourteen proton therapy centers all over Europe and two major manufacturers of proton therapy equipment on research to further improve proton therapy.

In Memoriam Anne Paans
When:05 February 2018

On 17 December 2017 our colleague prof. dr. Anne Paans passed away at the age of 73.

UMCG treats first patients with proton therapy
When:29 January 2018

The University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) has announced that following a long development path it has started treating cancer patients with proton therapy.

Bernd Taenzer deceased
When:04 January 2018

On December 14th 2017 Bernd Taenzer deceased at the age of 74.

Ikechi Ozoemelam featured in ENLIGHT HIGHLIGHTS
When:20 December 2017

KVI-CART PhD student Ikechi Ozoemelam is featured in the latest issue of ENLIGHT HIGHLIGHTS following the poster prize he won at the ENLIGHT Annuam Meeting in June this year.

Samenwerking tussen KVI-CART en NOVA/Kapteyn Instituut voor ALMA succesvol!
When:13 December 2017

Bij het Kapteyn Instituut zijn de afgelopen 14 jaar twee van de tien ontvanger types voor het ALMA ( project ontwikkeld en geproduceerd: Band 5 en Band 9, 75 stuks van elk type. Deze ontvangers zijn gevoelig voor sub-mm straling, ofwel THz straling.
Band 9 is in 2011 uitgeleverd en de ontvangers doen het goed. Intussen heeft de NOVA/Kapteyn groep gewerkt aan een verbeterde versie ervan. Voor de uitwerking van deze ideeën in 3D-CAD is contact gezocht met constructeurs van de afdeling werktuigbouwkunde van KVI-CART.

Future radiobiology research for particle therapy at the KVI-CART accelerator facility
When:15 November 2017

In an interview in the november issue of the newsletter of the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO) ( Professor Sytze Brandenburg of KVI-CART presents among other things the plans for a state-of-the-art experimental facility for radiobiology research related to particle therapy of cancers at the KVI-CART AGOR cyclotron.

AGOR: the next 20 years!
When:23 October 2017

Last Friday, the KVI-Center for Advanced Radiation Technology celebrated the 20th anniversary of the particle accelerator “AGOR” with a symposium: AGOR: the next 20 years!

New international funding for AGOR particle accelerator on its 20th birthday
When:06 October 2017

The KVI-Center for Advanced Radiation Technology (KVI-CART) at the University of Groningen has again secured international funding for experiments with the AGOR particle accelerator. The AGOR facility was put into operation twenty years ago.

From galaxies far far away!
When:27 September 2017

In a paper published in Science on 22 September, the Pierre Auger Collaboration reports observational evidence demonstrating that cosmic rays with energies a million times greater than that of the protons accelerated in the Large Hadron Collider come from much further away than from our own Galaxy.

Professor Nasser Kalantar-Nayestanaki (KVI-CART) elected as a member of the Academia Europaea
When:27 September 2017

Prof. Nasser Kalantar-Nayestanaki has been elected as a member of the Academia Europaea ( for his life-long scientific achievements.

Successful tests target station Super-FRS
When:15 September 2017

A delegation of scientists and engineers from GSI visited KVI-CART on the 13th and 14th of September to meet with the team in charge of the conceptual design of the target station of the Super-FRS at FAIR.

Emeritus professor Adriaan van der Woude passed away
When:30 August 2017

On 20 august 2017 Adriaan van der Woude passed away at the age of 87. Adriaan has from the start of KVI in the 1960’s until his retirement in 1995 played a leading role in the nuclear physics research that has given KVI its high international standing. Adriaan was appointed as professor in experimental nuclear physics in 1980 until his retirement in 1995.

Julia Even awarded with a NWO projectruimte grant to catch doubly magic tin
When:18 May 2017

The NWO Science (ENW) Domain Board has granted a funding of 425000€ to Julia Even to develop novel chemical separation techniques. These techniques will open the door to measure the mass of doubly magic tin-100 (100Sn).

Sytze Brandenburg appointed Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion
When:26 April 2017

By royal resolution Sytze Brandenburg has been appointed Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion on April 26.

Producing radioisotopes using electron accelerators
When:27 January 2017

Radioactive isotopes play an important role in de diagnosis of various diseases and in the treatment of cancer. In order to warrant long-term availability of these radioactive isotopes significant investments in new production facilities have to be made in the coming decade

Inauguration of AGOR 20 years ago
When:25 January 2017

On January 16, 1997, the AGOR cyclotron was officially inaugurated in the presence of the Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science J.M.M. Ritzen and the French Secretary of State for Research F. d'Auber.

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