The Research Training Group GRK 2128 AccelencE (Accelerator Science and Technology for Energy-Recovery Linacs), a cooperation between the Institute of Nuclear Physics of the TU Darmstadt, the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz and the Institute for Theory of Electromagnetic Fields of the TU Darmstadt, focuses on the development and testing of Energy Recovery Linacs (ERLs), which are particle accelerators that recover the energy of previously accelerated particles after these have been used for scientific experiments, instead of losing it. This is relevant for achieving the highest beam performance at comparatively low operating costs.
Particle accelerators are indispensable high-tech tools for basic research and are also more and more used for industry or medical diagnostics and therapy. This increases the demand for highly trained specialists for their operation and further development. For the first time, AccelencE is addressing a structured doctoral programme on the research topic of ERLs at German universities. This initiative benefits from the favourable situation in the cooperation of the two universities: At the TU Darmstadt, the electron linear accelerator “S-DALINAC” is the first accelerator in Germany operated in the scheme of an ERL. In Mainz, “MESA”, the first high-current ERL to be operated at a German university, is under construction in the Cluster of Excellence “PRISMA”.
The research and training builds on these distinctions. For the first time, junior scientists from the fields of accelerator physics and electrical engineering work together on interdisciplinary PhD projects on the physics and technology of ERLs.