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Research Focus: Accelerator Physics

The research focus of accelerator physics includes, among other things, the operation and further development of the 1.5 GeV electron storage ring DELTA at the Center for Synchrotron Radiation, a central scientific facility of TU Dortmund University. Worldwide, only a few large-scale facilities of this kind are operated by a university. Special magnetic structures, so-called undulators as well as a superconducting wiggler, generate intense radiation from the terahertz to the X-ray range. This synchrotron light is used by research groups at TU Dortmund University and other universities and research institutions for the non-destructive investigation of a wide variety of condensed matter structures.

Accelerator research has achieved spectacular successes in recent years, e.g. free-electron lasers in the X-ray range, a new generation of synchrotron radiation sources with special properties, the further development of superconducting technologies, and laser plasma acceleration with extremely high electric fields.

With its emphasis on research and education, DELTA is particularly well suited to develop and test new methods of particle beam diagnosis and manipulation. One example is the use of femtosecond laser pulses to generate ultrashort radiation pulses in storage rings and to improve the beam properties of free-electron lasers. Another example is the application of artificial intelligence methods to optimize accelerator parameters better and faster than with traditional techniques.

Since the construction of DELTA under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Klaus Wille in the 1990s, numerous accelerator physicists have been trained at TU Dortmund who are now working at various Helmholtz centers and other research facilities in Germany and abroad.


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The campus of the Technical University of Dortmund is located near the freeway junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerland line A45 crosses the Ruhr expressway B1/A40. The Dortmund-Eichlinghofen exit on the A45 leads to the South Campus, the Dortmund-Dorstfeld exit on the A40 leads to the North Campus. The university is signposted at both exits.

The "Dortmund Universität" S-Bahn station is located directly on the North Campus. From there, the S-Bahn line S1 runs every 20 or 30 minutes to Dortmund main station and in the opposite direction to Düsseldorf main station via Bochum, Essen and Duisburg. In addition, the university can be reached by bus lines 445, 447 and 462. Timetable information can be found on the homepage of the Rhine-Ruhr transport association, and DSW21 also offer an interactive route network map.



One of the landmarks of the TU Dortmund is the H-Bahn. Line 1 runs every 10 minutes between Dortmund Eichlinghofen and the Technology Center via Campus South and Dortmund University S, while Line 2 commutes every 5 minutes between Campus North and Campus South. It covers this distance in two minutes.



From Dortmund Airport, it takes just over 20 minutes to get to Dortmund Central Station by AirportExpress and from there to the university by S-Bahn. A wider range of international flight connections is offered by Düsseldorf Airport, about 60 kilometers away, which can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university's train station.

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The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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