Our research is carried out at the Maier-Leibnitz Laboratory (MLL) located on the Garching campus of the Technische Universität München.
The research of our group focusses on experimental nuclear physics in two primary areas. These are: accelerator mass spectrometry, and nuclear reaction measurements focussed on extracting nuclear reaction rates relevant for explosive nucleosynthesis.
The workhorse of our laboratory is the tandem accelerator, capable of achieving a maximum operating potential of 14 megavolts, and accelerating stable beams ranging in mass from protons up to the actinide elements. With these beams, we are capable of probing the structure and properties of nuclei, thereby opening windows of insight into the inner workings of explosive stellar phenomena such as novae and x-ray bursts. Additionally, because our tandem accelerator is capable of 14 megavolts, this allows acceleration of heavy nuclei, such in the mass region around 60 to a high energy allowing sensitive particle identification in accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) measurements. Such capability is an asset when attempting to measure the presence of rare isotopes in samples at the level of 1 part in 1015 - 1016.
Links to the left provide further details about the specific research facilties we have at the lab to carry out this research.