Georg Bollen

Experimental Systems Division Director

As Experimental Systems Division Director, Georg Bollen directs the design, fabrication, installation, and commissioning of all aspects of FRIB experimental systems safely and within the approved budget and schedule. FRIB experimental systems include the production target, beam dump, fragment separator, secondary beam-transport system, beam-stopping systems, and experimental areas.

Georg has nearly 20 years of experience in leading multi-institution collaborations to conceptualize, design, build, and operate complex nuclear science equipment and experiments. In work that helped to lay the groundwork for FRIB, he led the $1.1-million DOE-funded conceptual design of isotope separation on-line (ISOL) and was co-primary investigator for the $1.1-million fragmentation capabilities, which are the two primary means of creating rare isotopes at the new facility. Georg has collaborated with Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung (GSI), McGill University, and TRIUMF. And he has led an on-schedule and on-time $250,000 DOE-funded investigation about the impact of beam cooling on high-resolution mass separation leading directly to the design of a high-intensity beam cooler based on radio-frequency ion-guiding techniques.

Georg collaborates with RIKEN and manages a $650,000 DOE-funded comprehensive design study of an advanced concept for gas stopping rare isotope beams. He has extensive experience in Europe and North America partnering with users to define goals and working with program sponsors to achieve user objectives. He is prominent in the community of scientists conducting research and development for next-generation rare isotope beam capabilities in the United States. Georg managed 15 scientists as primary investigator at Michigan State University and initiated a three-year collaboration between Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). He introduced combined video and data conferencing at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL), allowing weekly face-to-face interactions.

Georg is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (2006) and the recipient of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics Senior Scientist Medal in Fundamental Metrology (2008) and the German Society of Mass Spectrometry Mattauch-Herzog Award (1991).

Georg earned a PhD in atomic and nuclear physics at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in 1989.