Institute for Solid-State Nuclear Physics
Institut für Festkörper-Kernphysik
We are conducting research at the intersection of nuclear physics and other related fields like astrophysics, atomic physics, plasma physics, and solid state physics in particular.
So far, nuclear reactions have been regarded as isolated processes. Impact from the environment has been seen as negligible or as a trifling disturbance. However, several measurements show that the environmental influence can be significant on radioactive decays as well as on nuclear reactions. The investigations of the members of this institute yield that solid matter can modify the order, scale, and products of nuclear reactions in a massive manner.
The goal of the institute is to continue this research to identify the underlying mechanisms, to quantify them, model them, and, as far as possible, put it into new technologies.
Visible is the ion source at top left, the separation magnet (blue/red to the left), the beam transport line (middle), and the target chamber (right). The entire setup is evacuated to one trillionst of the atmospheric pressure.