2020 Proseminar: Experimental Nuclear and Particle Physics

TU Dresden | Sommersemester 2020

2020 Proseminar: Experimental Nuclear and Particle Physics


The IKTP-Proseminar "Experimental Nuclear and Particle Physics" will cover a wide range of topics in fundamental physics relevant to much of the research performed at the IKTP. Guidelines for scientific presentations will be given and the proseminar talks will be analyzed.


Time: Tuesday, 3. DS. (11:10 - 12:40)

Place: SE2/201/H

Chairman: Dr. T. Wester

Organizer: Marcel Grieger (marcel.grieger@tu-dresden.de)

  • The language of this Proseminar is English.

Corona epidemic adjustments

  • The first talks will be held on May 5. This date is preliminary. In case the university is still in emergency operation mode by that time (likely), early talks will be held via online streaming. More information will come later.
  • Please message the organizer as soon as possible with your preferred topics. If possible we try to shift the starting to an even later date to avoid online talks, but for this we need to know how many people are participating.
  • Update April 28: All talks will be held on June 9 and June 16. Presentations will happen through video conference.
  • Update May 27: The entire Proseminar will take place on BigBlueButton. You can book a self-usage room for testing purposes following this link. The presentation folder now contains some tips on presentation skills, please have a look!
  • Update June 14: Second session link: https://selfservice.zih.tu-dresden.de/l/link.php?meeting_id=9836&pin=ef924b36Session will be open on june 9th from 10:40 to 13:10. Talks start at 11:10.

How to participate/apply?

  • Please contact the organizer (m.grieger@hzdr.de) via email as soon as possible and indicate three preferred topics from the list below (The crossed out topics are already chosen). Also add your matrikel number to the Email.
  • Alternatively simply show up in the first seminar and pick one of the remaining topics.

About the presentation

  • Preparatory meetings: 2 meetings for each talk, further details by email
  • Every talk will last 30 minutes
  • All necessary materials will be provided after all topics are distributed
  • Talks should be given with prepared slides in English (laptop, beamer and pointer will be provided)


There will be 2 slots available every Tuesday.

  • June 9, 2020 "The Evolution of the Elements", "Neutron Stars"
  • June 16, 2020 "Screening of the Human Body" 

Available topics (changes possible):

  • Exploring the interior of the sun
    The Borexino experiment

  • Visiting the particle zoo
    The Standard Model of particle physics

  • Collisions on a micro-scale
    Interactions between particles and matter

  • Screening the human body
    Radiation detection techniques in medical diagnostics

  • Hunting the rarest nuclear processes
    Experiments investigating the double beta decay

  • Radionuclide therapy in cancer treatment
    Incorporating radioactive substances to irradiate tumor tissue
  • Radioactive ion beam facilities
    Basic concepts of rare isotope beam production and where to find them
  • The Evolution of the Elements
    What is experimentally known about nuclear processes creating chemical elements
  • Space based gamma-observatories
    How can we track nuclide signatures from supernova remnants
  • Radiation therapy in cancer treatment
    Using ion beam facilities to precisely irradiate tumor tissue
  • The age of the Earth, the Galaxy and the entire Universe
    Using alpha spectroscopy for (Cosmo)chronometry
  • The most common decay mode
    The advantages of Beta-Spectrometry
  • Messengers of the nucleus
    Measuring the nuclear structure with Gamma-Spectrometry
  • The solar neutrino problem
    Solar neutrinos and their oscillations
  • Supernova explosion nearby
    How Supernova 1987A started the multi-messenger era
  • How much does a neutrino weight?
    The KATRIN experiment, the worlds most sensitive beta spectrometer
  • Neutron stars
    Nuclear densities on stellar scales
  • Illustrating Quantum Field Theory
    Feynman-Diagrams and their advantages
  • Predicting the rarest nuclear processes
    The theory of the double beta decay

  • Nuclear Astrophysics Underground
    The world's underground accelerator facilities for nuclear reaction experiments
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