The study of matter and its complexity is one of the central themes in basic science. The formation of characteristic large-scale structures from smaller-scale constituents repeats itself over many length scales and hierarchies of complexity with unique and universal features. Structure formation is governed by the particular inter-particle interactions at a given scale. A central challenge in many areas of physics is to develop and explore systematic effective theories of the inter-particle interactions in the presence of strong correlations and competing interactions from the underlying small-scale theory in order to understand complex matter on a fundamental basis.
One successful approach to the investigation and manipulation of microscopic many-body systems is irradiation. This Research Cluster embraces the major research activities at the Technische Universität Darmstadt that are devoted to the creation and scientific exploitation of energetic particle beams. With its Superconducting DArmstadt LINear ACcellerator (S-DALINAC) and its tight cooperation with the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung the Technische Universität Darmstadt has a unique research environment at its disposal, ranging from gamma-ray and electron beams with energies 1-100 MeV to extremely intense ion beams. Activities within this Research Cluster include Experimental and Theoretical Accelerator Physics, Accelerator Technology, Radiation Biology, Material Sciences, as well as Experimental and Theoretical Many-Body Physics.
Prof. Dr. Norbert Pietralla about the „Forschungscluster Nuclear and Radiation Science“ (German language)