Who are you? Can you tell us something about yourself?

My name is Dieter Grzonka and I'm the project manager of the transnational access activity at the cooler synchrotron COSY in Jülich/Germany.

My main activities are hadron physics experiments at the COSY accelerator.

You are leading an activity within the HP3 project  - which are the scientifically exciting aspects of your research project?

The transnational access activity at COSY allows to support external user projects which mainly concern the questions of hadron physics. The Cooler Synchrotron COSY at the research center Jülich can accelerate protons and deuterons to momenta of up to 3.7 GeV/c which are used to study the forces and interactions in hadronic systems.

Hadrons are elementary particles which feel the strong interaction, one of the four known forces in our world, the gravitational force, the electromagnetic force, the weak force, and the strong force. The strong force is much stronger than the electromagnetic force which we all know from experience but due to the very short range we don't feel the strong force in our daily life. But without the strong force there would not be any life. Nearly all mass of normal matter is concentrated in the hadrons, which build the tiny nuclei in the center of the atoms and are hold together by the strong force. If the atom would have the size of a football stadium, the nucleus is just a pea in the center and the range of the strong force is the size of the nucleus.

Who are the participants to your project?

The transnational access activity at COSY supports European users outside Germany by offering access to the COSY accelerator and its experimental installations free of charge and by covering the travel costs of the users. This EC-support is available for researchers from member states of the European Community and from associated states , which includes in the frame of this project : Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Israel, Turkey, Croatia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, Albania, Montenegro.

What do you want to achieve with this activity?

The objective of the TARI project is to optimize the use of the research infrastructure COSY by attracting new users and by strengthening the co-operation of the user community for a more efficient use of the COSY beam. The main topic of supported activities are experimental studies in the field of hadron physics and the EU support widens the community to be active in this research field.

In which way your activity could be of benefit for the society?

The experimental studies at COSY are mainly related to fundamental research without application-oriented aspects and therefore typically there is no short-term output. The hadron physics projects require cutting-edge technology and that keeps us at the top of technological development. And from these developments many fields will benefit which influence the society like medicine, biology, environmental research, energy resources, and so on.

Why do you think  a young person should choose to study science and is there any reason for which should they do so in Europe?

Science in general is very important for our life and technological progress is the main key for progression. Science will be more and more important for our life and the needs for scientists in our society will increase which is a promising future for young people in this field.

Especially in Europe the conditions are very good. Europe houses the top research facilities word-wide and there are various support programs for students. And with the equalization of the university education the graduations are internationally accepted.

The HadronPhysics3 project is supported by the European Union
under the 7th Framework Capacities Programme in the area of Research Infrastructures (RI).