Invitation from the Conference Chairman
I am pleased to invite you to the 11th International Conference on Inorganic Scintillators and their Applications - SCINT 2011 - to be held during September 12-16, 2011 at the Science Campus of the Justus-Liebig University at Giessen in Germany.
We are proud to host the leading conference on scintillators right in the heart of Germany after a series of locations touching several continents and cultures. Following the tradition, the conference will review and hopefully trigger new insights and ideas of scintillator applications - a never ending story since more than 60 years after the discovery of NaI(Tl). The conference will bring together not only the experts on scintillator materials and on their still not fully understood mechanisms but also cover the state of the art applications. Scintillation detectors have entered or even occupied many fields of research ranging from the classical applications in nuclear, hadron and high-energy physics or astrophysics. A strong impact on daily life is given by medical applications in therapy and diagnostics as well as homeland security.
The Physics Department at Giessen has a long lasting tradition in scintillator research as well as direct application in presently operating and future electromagnetic calorimeters. Future activities are even more promoted by the just recently established new international research center FAIR - the facility for antiproton and ion research - at Darmstadt, less than 100km apart from Giessen.
We hope that we can bring together the whole community of experts in the different areas as well as a significant part of students and young researches, which might even be new in the field. As in the past, we are looking forward to excellent contributions and presentations, which will be published in a Conference Record as well as in the IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science.
Rainer W. Novotny
2nd Physics Institute