Daniel Ashery / Tel Aviv
François Benard / UBC, BC Cancer
Jean-Michel Poutissou / TRIUMF
Jens Dilling / TRIUMF
Jerry Porter / Nordion
Jess Brewer / UBC
Kanetada Nagamine / Riken / UC Riverside
Robert Redwine / MIT
Thomas Ruth / UBC, TRIUMF
Toshimitsu Yamazaki / U of Tokyo / Riken


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Nuclear Physics:

Jeans Dilling

Title: Erich’s Nuclear Physics Legacy

Abstract: The low energy nuclear physics program at TRIUMF, which was first started under Erich Vogt's directorship with the TISOL program, focuses on nuclear astrophysics, test of the SM, and fundamental nuclear physics. Today, the ISAC facility at TRIUMF is one of the science leader in these fields. I will give an overview of the historic developments, today’s facilities and programs, and connect the science back to Erich’s physics origins working with Nobel laureate E. Wigner and what we have learned since.

Robert Redwine (MIT)

Title: Erich Vogt, the Meson Factories, and MIT

Abstract: I will discuss Erich’s influence and impact on TRIUMF, but also on the other two meson factories:  the Los Alamos Meson Physics Facility (LAMPF) (now the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center)and the Swiss Institute for Nuclear Research (SIN) (now the Paul Scherrer Institute).  I will also discuss his rather special relationship with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), including comments from other colleagues from MIT.

D.Ashery (Tel Aviv)

Title: 40 years with Erich at TRIUMF: from pion physics to Weak Interactions

Abstract: The participation of researchers from abroad in the TRIUMF acivities was
very important to Erich and he encouraged and supported it.
The activities of the Israeli groups at TRIUMF started in the late seventies, soon after the comissioning of TRIUMF. The talk will cover milestones from the early research of pion physics and pion nucleus interaction to the recent work within the TRINAT collaboration. The latter focuses on pushing the limits of physics beyond the standard model which will be described in more details.


Particle physics:

J.-M. Poutissou (Triumf)

Title: Past, Present and Future  Searches for Physics beyond the Standard Model at TRIUMF

Abstract: Rare, or forbidden, muon, kaon decays may provide a glimpse of physics Beyond the Standard Model  (BSM)while neutrino science does already imply such. Erich was a strong supporter of  the expansion of the particle physics component of the TRIUMF program to other higher energy laboratories. The early exploration of the potential for such research at KAON has led to the present Canadian participation in searches of BSM evidences. The “search for nothing” as he sometimes described it is in fact the search for something very interesting and I will survey the current efforts in this field.


Japanese connection :

T.Yamazaki ( U of Tokyo)

Title: KAON: from Erich’s dream to Kaon Condensed matter

Abstract: Erich’s dream of realizing KAON as international multi-purpose facilities in Vancouver has been inherited now to J-PARC. In the mean time one of the physics goals of KAON, quest of kaon condensed nuclei, matter and stars has been deepened. In this memorial meeting for Erich I am extremely happy to present recent development of our theoretical as well as experimental studies.

i) High-density kaonic nuclear systems as multi-Lambda(1405) composites.
ii) Recent experiments at J-PARC.
iii) Search for K^-K^-pp. iv) Connection of kaonic nuclei to astrophysical objects.

K.Nagamine( UC Riverside/Riken)

Title: Muon Science from TRIUMF & KEK to the Future

Abstract: Ever since “first beam” four decades ago, our Tokyo group has been conducting various types of muon science experiments at TRIUMF in collaboration with Canadian scientists. During some of our most productive years, Erich Vogt was TRIUMF's Director. Our research topics included (a) the exploration of microscopic magnetic properties of new materials using muon spin probes; (b) studies of negative muon atomic and nuclear capture, including muon catalyzed fusion; (c) investigation of beam cooling methods for advancement of materials science and fundamental physics. Some years later, at KEK in Japan, we initiated muon science studies using pulsed muons produced by a rapidcycling proton synchrotron, which was recently extended to the MW machine at J-PARC. Complementary use of continuous beams at TRIUMF & PSI and the pulsed beams of RAL & JPARC continues to advance muon science world-wide. I will describe some of these activities and their possible extension to ambitious subjects at future advanced accelerators.

Nuclear Medicine:

T.Ruth (Triumf)

Title: From Vision to Seeing: Tracing Erich's role in bringing positron emission tomography to BC and Canada.

Abstract: Erich Vogt was instrumental in bringing positron emission tomography to British Columbia and Canada. The program established at UBC with the aid of Pat McGeer and Brian Pate was focused on brain research. Erich was instrumental in recruiting Donald Calne from the National Institutes of health in the US to provide a focus on Parkinson's disease. While the TRIUMF built PET camera was located at UBC,the program became known internationally as the UBC/TRIUMF PET program. The enormous advances in understanding Parkinson's disease through PET imaging laid the foundations for bringing PET imaging to the study of cancer and its use in diagnosing disease to BC.

F.Benard (BCCA)

Title: TRIUMF’s current and future impact in nuclear medicine and molecular imaging of cancer

Abstract: Erich Vogt’s support for the Life Sciences program at TRIUMF led to a long lasting impact in clinical nuclear medicine throughout North America and the world. The partnership with Nordion made several accelerator produced medical isotopes widely available throughout North America, notably by bringing isotopically pure iodine-123 on the market, among many others. Many fledging medical cyclotron programs in Canada started with TRIUMF’s support, notably at the BC Cancer Agency, Cross Cancer Institute and the Ottawa Heart Institute. Recently, using cyclotron technology developed at TRIUMF, Canadian teams have developed comprehensive solutions to replace generators that use nuclear-reactor produced molybdenum-99 with the direct production of technetium-99m. Programs such as the Functional Cancer Imaging program at the BC Cancer Agency are now providing clinical imaging services to thousands of patients yearly, while continuing to develop novel cancer imaging probes based on cyclotron-produced radioisotopes. Future outlook for the field is bright, with the development of highly specific cancer-seeking radio tracers that can be coupled with alpha emitters - the next frontier for radionuclide therapy of cancer.




Title: "The Last Lecturer?"

Abstract: Erich Vogt was, by his students' reckoning, among the best Physics teachers at UBC, despite his reliance on lectures and demonstrations, which science education research has now shown to be inferior methods. Was this merely a testament to his powerful personality and unconditional commitment, or has the research missed something important? Can we have it both ways?



J. Porter

Title: Nordion - TRIUMF A 37 Year Partnership !!!

Abstract: The partnership began in late 1978 and has continually grown and strengthened over the 37 years. The growth of the relationship will be told and the impact Erich had in nurturing the synergistic opportunities for the delivery of domestic and global delivery of reliable healthcare. This will demonstrate the success of the public and private partnerships.