RTG 2128
AccelencE: Accelerator Science and Technology for Energy Recovery Linacs

General Information

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.



In order to introduce female role models from an early age on, female PIs of the Research Training Group actively participate in the „Saturday Morning Physics“ at TU Darmstadt, which presents interesting research topics to school children.

To raise awareness for gender- and diversity issues among the researchers of the RTG, several workshops and talks were held. For example a talk on “Enjoying family (4 kids), physics (STAR and CMS experiments) and leading positions” by Prof. Dr. Olga Evdokimov from the University of Illinois at Chicago or talks by Sabine Asgodom at Mainz and Darmstadt on „Ladykiller“ and „Viel Freund und Ehr“.

The RTG continously invites renowned female scientists for lectures and seminars throughout the funding period.

Best Practices

Female Master students

The Ira Rischowski Programm supports selected female students from abroad at 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.