Towards the end of each year, the editors of the “Physics World” elect ten experiments or publications that they consider to be the most important scientific breakthroughs of the past year. Although an entirely subjective choice, this “Top-10” list has gained quite some visibility over the past years. To our great delight, the direct detection of the the Th-229 isomer by the LMU Munich group was ranked third among the ten breakthroughs of 2016! Congratulations to Lars, Bene, and Peter from Munich, and to their collaborators at GSI, Mainz, and elsewhere!
This year’s number-one went to be the discovery of gravitational waves by the LIGO collaboration. The magazine “Physics World” and the corresponding webpage www.physicsworld.com are published by the British Institute of Physics (IOP), the full story can be found here.