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17 Oct 2019


Modern Physics, Institute of (Department of Nuclear Science and Technology)




The Institute of Modern Physics (IMP)/Department of Nuclear Science and Technology (NST) at Fudan University, formerly the Department of Atomic Energy, was established in December 1958. It is one of the first national institutions dedicated to nuclear physics research and education. 


Under the leadership of distinguished physicists such as Academician Wu Zhengkai, Academician Lu Hefu and Academician Yang Fujia and after several generations of faculties and students, IMP/NST has become one of the most important high-tech and high-end talent training centers in China for nuclear science and technology. IMP/NST has 52 faculty members, including three international faculty members from United Kingdom, Korea and Japan. 26 faculty members hold renowned professional titles: two Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Academicians, two American Physical Society (APS) Fellows, three National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) Distinguished Young Scholars, two NSFC Excellent Young Scholars, etc


As an important contributor to Fudan's “Double First-Class” discipline programs in physics, relying on the research facilities of the MOE Key Lab of Nuclear Physics and Ion-Beam Application and the Shanghai EBIT Laboratory, IMP/NST focuses on the development of four university disciplines: particle physics and nuclear physics, atomic and molecular physics, nuclear technology and its applications, and theoretical and computational physics. The broad research areas of IMP/NST include Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD), high-energy nucleus-nucleus collision, heavy-ion and radioactive nuclear beam physics, neutrino physics, charge-conjugation and parity violation (CPV), hadron physics, high charge state ion physics, atomic structure and atomcollision, new concept plasma physics and its diagnostic techniques, quantum optics and precision measurement, physical design and fabrication of materials, laser and matter interaction, ion-beam nuclear material physics, ion-beam biomedicine physics and ion-beam technology in archaeology. 

International Cooperation

IMP/NST is involved in many international collaborative experiments. It is a member institution of the BESIII experiment at the Institute of High-Energy Physics (IHEP, Beijing), the China Jinping Underground Laboratory, the STAR and sPHENIX experiments at the Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL, US), the Belle II experiment at the High Energy Research Organization (KEK, Japan), and the LHC-CMS experiment at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN, Geneva). At present, IMP/NST is undertaking more than 50 international cooperation and national research projects including major NSFC research projects. 

Subjects and Programs

IMP/NST is one of the first to offer master- and doctoral-degree programs in nuclear physics and nuclear technology in China. It began to enroll undergraduate students in 1958, graduate students in 1962, doctoral students in 1982, and postdoctoral researchers in 1985. IMP/NSTis authorized toconferbachelors degrees in 2 majors of nuclear engineering and nuclear technology, master's degrees in 3 majors of particle physics and nuclear physics, atomic and molecular physics, and plasma physics, as well as doctoral degrees in 2 majors of particle physics and nuclear physics and atomic and molecular physics. Since 1962, IMP/NST has cultivated 3000+ bachelors, 250+ masters and 120+ doctors, and currently there are more than 120 undergraduate and 70 graduate students studying at IMP/NST. Most of the graduates are dedicated in the field of nuclear science and technology, someplaying leadership roles in Chinas nuclear science and technology industries.