Divisions at the Institute of Radiation Physics

Directors: Prof. Dr. Thomas Cowan, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schramm, Secretary: Anne Varga

ELBE Zentrum

Radiation Source ELBE

Dr. Peter Michel

The radiation source ELBE (electron linear accelerator for beams of high brilliance and low emittance) provides different types of secondary beams - both electromagnetic radiation and particles - are generated. The properties of this radiation make ELBE a unique research tool for both external users and scientists at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf.

  • Operation
  • Enhancements
  • Accelerator research and development

Laser Particle Acceleration

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schramm

Experimental and theoretical investigations of light-matter interaction require compact and brilliant sources for relativistic particle beams. In addition to the ultra-short pulse laser DRACO, a completely diode-pumped laser system "PENELOPE" is under construction. A major focus is on the application of the novel accelerator technology, for example in radiation therapy.

  • Laser plasma particle acceleration
  • Ultra-fast secondary radiation sources
  • Petawatt laser operation and development
  • Junior Research Group Computer assisted radiation physics
  • Compact beam guiding systems (Gantry)
  • Radiation Induced Cell Damage
  • Dose application laser-accelerated radiation
MePS Positronen Strahlführung an ELBE

Nuclear Physics

Dr. Andreas Wagner

Nuclear physics measurement methods and their application are the core research topics of the Department of Nuclear Physics. Experiments are conducted to investigate nuclear reactions for astrophysics and technical applications. A major focus is on the development of novel radiation detectors, which are also used in medicine.

  • Nuclear Physics Data for Science and Technology
  • Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy
  • Nuclear Astrophysics
  • Detector Development
Abteilung Hadronenphysik

High Energy Density

Prof. Dr. Thomas Cowan (acting)

The understanding and description of matter under extreme pressure and temperature conditions is a central concern of the division. Within the scope of the HIBEF (Helmholtz International Beamline for Extreme Fields at the European XFEL) project, an experimental station with ultra-intensive laser systems and pulsed high-field magnetic coils will be available.

  • HADES at SIS/GSI: Di-electron spectroscopy, rare hadronic probes

  • CBM at FAIR: charm and electromagnetic probes

  • Laser-matter interactions

  • Development of novel detectors