Georg Bollen

Georg  Bollen
  • University Distinguished Professor
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory


As Experimental Systems Division Director for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, Georg Bollen directs the design, fabrication, installation, and commissioning of the experimental systems scope within the FRIB project. FRIB will be the highest power facility of its kind and provide world-unique opportunities for rare isotope science.

Bollen earned a Ph.D. in atomic and nuclear physics at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in 1989. He has more than 20 years of experience leading multi-institutional collaborations to conceptualize, design, build, and operate complex nuclear science equipment and experiments that have helped lay the groundwork for FRIB.

Bollen is also a leader in nuclear and atomic physics research in the study of basic properties of atomic nuclei very far away from the valley of stability with focus on precision mass measurements. Bollen built the Low-Energy Beam Ion Trap (LEBIT) facility at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, which is an ion-trap facility for determining the mass of such rare isotopes. Another area of Bollen’s research is the development of advanced manipulation techniques for rare isotope beams. This includes techniques that allow fast rare isotope beams to be slowed down and converted into low-energy beams efficiently, employing novel concepts for beam stopping, cooling, and bunching.

Bollen 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).