ati150x83Founded in 1815, the Vienna University of Technology is continuously among the ten highest ranked European technical universities. The university is led by a rector and three vice rectors with a University Council acting as supervisory board. Full legal autonomy was ensured through the University Act 2002 effective from January 1, 2004. As Austria’s largest scientific-technical research and educational institution the Vienna University of Technology is organized in eight faculties to cover the classical engineering disciplines, five internal Centres of Excellence and external cooperations with federally funded competence centres and laboratories. The Faculty of Physics is organized in four institutes. The Atomic Institute of the Austrian Universities (ATI) was established in 1962 as an inter-university institute for teaching and research in atomic and nuclear physics as well as quantum optics, before being placed under legal administration of the Vienna University of Technology in 1999. The institute is structured in six divisions and operates Austria’s only nuclear research reactor. Currently, it employs 4 full professors, 19 associate and assistant professors as well as about 30 research assistants. The academic output of more than 60 graduate and 30 doctoral theses completed within the last three years proved highly successful.

Over more than 40 years, the Department of Radiation Physics, Radiation Protection and Nuclear Engineering has acquired much valued expertise in the field of radiation dosimetry, particularly focusing on radiation physics applications of thermoluminescence (TL). Cosmic-ray dosimetry activities started with Austria’s first human spaceflight of cosmonaut Franz Viehböck (Austromir–Dosimir). Since then, the department has participated in numerous missions and up to now accumulated more than 4500 days of detector exposure in space. Experiments were conducted on board various space vehicles, among them the Soviet Orbital Station Mir, the International Space Station (ISS), the Space Shuttle and several bio-satellites of the Bion and Foton series. Well established international cooperations with the space agencies and leading research institutions of the most prominent space-faring nations document the group’s reputation. Current research concentrates on TL detector characterization in densely ionizing radiation fields of mixed particle composition and modelling of luminescence mechanisms. ATI’s participation within the present project will be coordinated by Ass. Prof. Dr. Michael Hajek. It is intended that a full postdoc position and a technician will ensure success of the foreseen activities.

The HAMLET project is funded by the European Commission under the EU’s
Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and coordinated by the
German Aerospace Center (DLR)

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