• 2020/10/08

    Announcement of the Ira Rischowski Programme

    TU Darmstadt is announcing the

    Ira Rischowski Programme

    for female students from abroad to support their Master studies at TU Darmstadt in the field of nuclear physics, nuclear astrophysics or accelerator science.

    The programme offers a monthly financial support, helps to connect to dedicated offices of TU Darmstadt for the start in Darmstadt.

    The graduates of this programme will be equipped with the perfect requirements to apply for a PhD position, e.g. in the DFG-funded research training group GRK 2128 “AccelencE – Accelerator Science and Technology for Energy-Recovery Linacs” or the Collaborative Research Centre SFB 1245 “Nuclei: From Fundamental Interactions to Structure and Stars.”

    The programme's support runs for 24 month. The financial supports amounts to 600 EUR per month. An additional income of up to 400 EUR as student assistant is possible.

    Please find more information:

    Equal Opportunities Office: Link to Office

    Studying from A to Z: Link to Webpage


The Rersearch Training Group

ERLs are an emerging generation of electron accelerators with the potential of high beam power in continuous-wave operation at moderate operational costs. Thereby, high-current ERLs promise to advance the fields of nuclear physics, particle physics, and sciences at advanced light sources. ERLs are set up as recirculating linacs allowing for a multiple pass of the – ideally superconducting – accelerating cavities. After usage of the fully accelerated beam, the electrons are decelerated in the linac transferring their energy back to the accelerating rf fields. This recovery of beam energy can yield a high energy efficiency of ERLs.

A recirculating, superconducting electron linac, MESA, with beam energy up to 150 MeV will be set up at the JGU Mainz in the framework of the excellence cluster “PRISMA”. MESA aims at a conventional external beam mode and an energy-recovery mode, as well. In addition, the operational, recirculating superconducting electron linac S-DALINAC at TU Darmstadt is the first accelerator in Germany that can be run in single-pass ERL mode. A double-pass ERL scheme is currently in preparation and is expected to be operational in late 2019.

Within the RTG “Accelence” TU Darmstadt and JGU Mainz will jointly contribute to the research and training on ERL science and technology on this up-to-date field of accelerator science. Both universities have made new appointments in this field. The initiative comprises a cross-university training concept in a worldwide unique situation: It combines research for the design of a next-generation ERL (MESA) with the hands-on experience for junior researchers from operation of a recirculating linac in a low beam-power ERL-scheme (S-DALINAC). The ambitious research and training programme will address key technologies involved in the design of an ERL ranging from photo cathodes and injector hardware, rf-control, and beam diagnostics to beam dynamics and design of experimental sites.

The initiative capitalizes on experiences in the operation of recirculating electron accelerators – MAMI and S-DALINAC – within university environments focused on the training of junior researchers. Both accelerators have been operated and optimized by the work of many dozens of PhD, MSc, BSc and Diploma students, previously. Within the proposed initiative the training of excellent junior researchers in the fields of accelerator physics and applications will be focused to the new ERL technology.