Matter and Radiation Science
The profile area Matter and Radiation Science (MaRS) focuses on research at the upcoming major research facility FAIR, as well as the existing facility at GSI, the S-DALINAC at the Institute for Nuclear Physics of the Technische Universität Darmstadt, and topically closely related research and development projects. Emphasis is put on experimental and theoretical nuclear physics, as well as accelerator technology and applications in medicine and material science.
The profile area Matter and Radiation Science (MaRS) ties competences on the production and the use of particle beams at major research facilities, such as the Darmstadt GSI Helmholtz center, the future international Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR) at the GSI campus, or TU Darmstadt’s superconducting electron accelerator S-DALINAC. The Departments of Physics, Biology, Material Sciences and Applied Geosciences, as well as Electrical Engineering and Information Technology participate in MaRS. Research on accelerator physics and technology, experimental and theoretical atomic and nuclear physics, nuclear astrophysics, plasma physics, radiation biology and material sciences is supported, mainly, by the LOEWE Program of the State of Hesse, the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), the Helmholtz Association, the German Research Foundation (DFG), and the EU.
One key aspect of MaRS is fundamental research in nuclear physics and nuclear astrophysics. The Collaborative Research Center SFB1245, funded by DFG, investigates the nuclear forces on the basis of the fundamental quantum chromodynamics and, e.g., its role in the genesis of heavy chemical elements in the universe. Within the Nuclear Astrophysics Virtual Institute (NAVI), led by TU Darmstadt, an international research network works on complementary related questions. Within the LOEWE center Helmholtz International Center for FAIR, with further support by BMBF and in close collaboration with GSI, the construction of FAIR facilities and the advancement of FAIR’s scientific program is driven jointly with the universities in Frankfurt and Gießen.
TU Darmstadt coordinates the joint research of German universities to construct the NUSTAR experimental facilities at FAIR. Experiments at the major research centers CERN in Geneva, RIKEN near Tokyo, the emerging European Laser Infrastructure for Nuclear Physics (ELI-NP) near Bucharest and other international major research facilities complement the research program. Within the DFG-funded Research Training Group 2128 AccelencE the Rhine-Main Universities TU Darmstadt and JGU Mainz train the next generation scientists in particle accelerator technology, with emphasis on energy recovery linear accelerators. Related research areas are the use of ion beams to modify materials for technical applications, as well as accelerator-based particle therapy of brain tumors.
MaRS is led by the nuclear physicist Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Norbert Pietralla.
There is a multitude (>100) of non-formal research cooperations with working groups worldwide, especially in the U.S.A., Japan, the UK, France, Spain, Italy, and Austria. In many cases formalized scientific collaborations exist, such as the MINIBALL collaboration at HIE-ISOLDE at CERN, the SEASTAR collaboration at RIKEN-RIBF at Tokyo, and many others. Read more…
The profile area MaRS comprises a large and diverse number of scientists of TU Darmstadt who are acting as principal investigators in the individual sub-projects as outlined on the cooperations page. Contact information to individual members of MaRS is listed here. Read more…
Departments participating in the Profile Area
Scientists from four departments of the TU Darmstadt participate in the profile area “Matter and Radiation Science”.