50th Anniversary of the KNC

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The 1st Edition of the Karlsruhe Nuclide Chart was published in 1958. To celebrate the 50th anniversary in 2008, a special one-day event was organised by ITU on 9th Dec. 2008 in the Gartensaal of the Karlsruhe Schloss (castle). Presentations were made by a number of renowned scientific experts: A. Zichichi (CERN), A. Popeko (Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna), F. Bosch (GSI Darmstadt), F. K. Thielemann (University of Basel), W. Kutschera (University of Vienna), M. J. Garcia Borge (Instituto de Estructura de la Materia, CSIC, Madrid), A. Türler (University of Munich), A. Marinov (University of Jerusalem), G. Drexlin, KIT Karlsruhe. During the event, the special commemorative publication [1] to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Karlsruhe Nuclide Chart was presented.

During the event, the special commemorative publication to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Karlsruhe Nuclide Chart was officially presented.

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Proceedings of the event

Participants list

Final Agenda

Links to the presentations:

Participants at the Karlsruhe Nuclide Chart Event: Celebration of the 50th Anniversary

Opening by the chairman - Th. Fanghänel, JRC-ITU

Welcome and Introduction - R. Schenkel, General Director JRC

Nuclide Chart History - C. Normand, JRC-ITU

Evolution of the Universe - F. K. Thielemann, University of Basel

Antiparticles & Antimatter - A. Zichichi, CERN

Application of Nuclear Science to Cultural Heritage - W. Kutschera, University of Vienna

Beta-Delayed Charged Particles - M. J. Garcia Borge, CSIC

Chemistry of Superheavy Elements - A. Türler, University of Munich

Super- and Hyperdeformed Isomeric States - A. Marinov, University of Jerusalem

Heaviest Nuclei - A. Popeko, JINR

Beta Decay and Stellar Nucleosynthesis - F. Bosch, GSI

KATRIN: Hunting Neutrino Masses - G. Drexlin, FZK

Links to the posters:

Institute for Transuranium Elements

Karlsruher Nuklidkarte

Karlsruhe Nuclide Chart:Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary

For photos of the event please see our Gallery below.

Commemorative book

Commemorative book

This commemorative publication, to mark the 50th Anniversary of the “Karlsruher Nuklidkarte”, provides a broad, state of the art overview of scientific research in the nuclear sciences. In total there are 30 scientific articles written by experts in their various fields together with the historical Nobel lectures by Becquerel and Soddy. The publication provides an overview of scientific research in the nuclear sciences. Chapter introductions were written by R. Bimbot (France), M. Lewitowicz (France), B. Jonson (Sweden), G. Audi (France), S. Banerjee (India), R. Leonardi (Italy) together with Nobel laureates J. I. Friedman (USA) and G. ‘t Hooft (Netherlands). The chapters are arranged as follows:

• history

• experimental developments

• quarks and strong interaction

• beta decay and neutrinos

• nuclides and radioactivity

• nuclear data

• biophysics and medical applications

• dating and nuclear forensics

In total there are 30 scientific articles covering fundamental and theoretical aspects of nuclear physics and chemistry including the discovery of new elements and decay modes, neutrinos, quarks, antimatter, and dark matter. Technological developments are described in a series of articles ranging from space radiation biophysics and health care to archaeological dating, forensics and cultural heritage.


Please see the flyer for further information about the book Karlsruhe Nuclide Chart Flyer.

Press Announcements

Mit Nuklidkarte für Stadt Karlsruhe Werben? (in German)

Prof. A. Zichichi

Joint Research Centre Newsletter January 2009 see also Editorial by Prof. Zichichi on the Karlsruhe Nuclide Chart, Jan. 2009

Nuklidkarte als Aushängeschild für Karlsruhe

"Die FDP stellt jetzt einen Antrag, dass die Verwaltung eine Strategie vorbereitet, wie die Stadt - gemeinsam mit dem Stadtmarketing - die weltberühmte Karlsruher Nuklidkarte so nutzen kann, dass die Kernforschungskapazität in der Karlsruher Technologieregion in der globalen Wissenschaft noch mehr in den Fokus der Öffentlichkeit gebracht werden könnte."

"Das Institut für Transurane in Karlsruhe habe gerade mit großer internationaler Aufmerksamkeit das 50-jährige Jubiläum der Karlsruher Nuklidkarte gefeiert, erinnerten die Liberalen. Neben den Radiowellen, entdeckt von Heinrich Hertz, sei wahrscheinlich keine andere wissenschaftliche Initiative so global bekannt wie die Karlsruher Nuklidkarte. Sie sei während der letzten 50 Jahre in mehr als 350.000 Kopien verkauft worden und damit ein aktiver Teil der globalen wissenschaftlichen Welt. Karlsruhe hätte eine lange Tradition und Erfahrung in der Kernforschung."

Radio interview (in German) with J. Magill on the Karlsruhe Nuclide Chart, 9th Jan. 2009 (part 1) (part 2)

Article in ka-news.de (in German) 10th Dec. 2008

Article in BNN (local Karlsruhe newspaper) on the KNC Event, 10th Dec. 2008

Joint ITU/FZK Press Release, 9th Dec. 2008


JRC News Release, 9th Dec. 2008


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