Institute of Radiation Physics
Scientific profile and research program
The Institute of Radiation Physics conducts research for states of matter under extreme conditions and in very small dimensions. In order to investigate fundamental physical phenomena, state-of-the-art radiation sources are used. Therefore, the establishment of novel accelerators and the further development and improvement of existing machines is an essential goal of the institute. High-power lasers allow the investigation of the interactions of light and matter. For the detection of the effects on the smallest scales, high-precision and very fast detectors are developed and applied. The use of the latest high-performance GPU computing technology assures real-time handling of big data and sets world-wide standards for open-source simulation tools for complex systems.
In addition to basic research, the application of technologies is a key issue. In modern radiation therapy, developments from our institute are used. The research is embedded in the research topics "Matter" and "Health" of the Helmholtz Association.
Facilities and cooperations
The Institute for Radiation Physics operates the ELBE Center for High-Power Radiation Sources and successfully combines research with user operations. ELBE consists of a superconducting electron accelerator and two high-power laser systems, the ultra-short pulse laser "Draco" and a fully diode-pumped energy-efficient Petawattsystem "Penelope" under development.
The broad range of ELBE secondary radiation sources in user operation includes IR-FEL radiation (FEL), Bremsstrahlung, positrons and neutrons. In addition, two coherent THz sources have been set up in the past three years and operate in a friendly user mode.
In addition, the Radiation Physics institute coordinates the development of the Helmholtz International Beamline for Extreme Fields (HIBEF) at the European XFEL at DESY in Hamburg as part of an international user consortium.
The Institute of Radiation Physics cooperates with the OncoRay - National Center for Radiation Research in Oncology. The goal is the development of future concepts for radiation therapy.
Feasibility studies for an accelerator and laser-driven long-wave radiation source are performed in the future project Dresden Advanced Light Infrastructure (DALI).