Prof. Dr. Thomas Cowan
Director Institute of Radiation Physics
Head High Energy Density
Phone: +49 351 260 - 2270
Fax: +49 351 260 - 3700

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schramm
Director Institute for Radiation Physics and Head Laser Particle Acceleration Division
Phone: +49 351 260 - 2471
Fax: +49 351 260 - 12471

Anne Varga
Secretary Institute of Radiation Physics
Phone: +49 351 260 - 3293
Fax: +49 351 260 - 13293

Underground nuclear-reaction experiments for astrophysics and applications

International Workshop in Dresden/Germany, 28.-30.04.2010

The field of underground accelerator physics to study rare nuclear reaction events has greatly expanded over the last decade. Consequently, there is an increasing need to put ion accelerators in underground laboratories, making use of overlying rock to suppress cosmic-ray induced background.

The option has recently emerged to install an accelerator near an existing γ-counting facility in a shallow-underground laboratory, Felsenkeller/Dresden, with the scope encompassing some of the higher-yield astrophysics reactions as well as particle physics and materials science inspired studies.

The workshop aims to gather Europeans interested in underground accelerators from the nuclear physics, astrophysics, particle physics, and materials science communities. It should explore data needs, new experimental approaches able to fill these needs, and also include assessment of relevant theory required to exploit such experiments. Ideally, the workshop should foster the emergence of an informal European alliance to develop the exchange of ideas and techniques, students, and postdocs.

Felsenkeller, Einfahrt LKW-Tunnel


  1. Nuclear data needs from astrophysics
  2. Nuclear theory relevant to astrophysics
  3. Nuclear data needs from particle physics and materials science
  4. Recent experimental results
  5. Future high-current stable beam accelerators

Scientific advisory committee:

  • Carlo Broggini, INFN Padua/Italy
  • Roland Diehl, Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik, Garching/Germany
  • Zsolt Fülöp, ATOMKI Debrecen/Hungary
  • Brian Fulton, University of York/United Kingdom
  • Jordi José, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona/Spain
  • Karlheinz Langanke, GSI Darmstadt/Germany

Local organizing committee:

Links and downloads:

Practical information:

  • Start of workshop: Wednesday, 28.04.2010, 09:00
  • End of workshop: Friday, 30.04.2010, 13:00 (special session for people from German institutions Friday 09:00-13:00)
  • Travel: Please check flights to airport Dresden International. Other (less convenient, but still acceptable) options include airports Berlin Schönefeld, Berlin Tegel, and Leipzig/Halle.
  • Accommodation: Participants are responsible for booking their own accommodations. We have pre-booked rooms in hotel Leonardo Dresden Altstadt until 25.03.2010. Please mention the password "Felsenkeller" when making your booking. There will be shuttle buses between this particular hotel and the workshop site at FZD.
  • A workshop fee of 70 euros is requested to cover lunches, one dinner, and transportation. Limited financial support is available upon request.
  • Please register by 25.03.2010 using this form (Word document). Please contact the organizers if you also wish to make a presentation.
  • Conference secretary is Anne Liebezeit,, phone +49 351 260 3293.