Xiangcheng Chen was born in Chaohu, China in 1989. He lived in his hometown until 2006 when he attended the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC). In his 3rd year, Xiangcheng took High Energy Physics (HEP) as his specialty. He focused on analysing decay data of J/Ψ produced in BESIII in Peking, and successfully defended his Bachelor’s thesis in 2010.
In 2010, Xiangcheng joined the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) as a graduate student for a year after which he moved to Peking’s Institute of Modern Physics (IMP), located in Lanzhou, to continue his PhD programme. Since IMP is the centre for heavy ion research in China, he chose lifetime measurements of exotic nuclides with a storage ring as his main study area.
During 2011 to 2012, Xiangcheng participated in two experiments conducted with HIRFL-CSR complex in IMP. The first one was mass measurements of 86Kr fragments, which gave him basic training on experimental nuclear physics. By the time of the second experiment, he was already in charge of lifetime measurements of 112Sn fragments using Schottky pick-up.
Currently Xiangcheng is enrolled as a PhD candidate at GSI in the framework of the oPAC project. The main purpose of his research is the “design and development of resonant structures as Schottky noise detectors for various frequencies”.