My research interests focus on revealing the spin structure of the nucleon and describing the nucleons internal structure in terms of a new class of functions called Generalized Parton Distributions. These new functions aim at providing a complete description of the nucleon. They are accessible in a variety of experiments, both in the space-like and time-like domain. This is where my experimental activities focus - the HERMES Experiment at DESY in Hamburg, Germany and the PANDA Experiment at GSI close to Darmstadt, Germany. While HERMES has successfully completed taking data using a recently completed recoil detector, PANDA is an experiment under construction. The work of our group concentrates on Particle Identification Detectors. We are especially interested in building a new type of detector based on the production of Cherenkov light within a thin, transparent plate of material and in a more conventional design, a RICH detector.
This detector work generates detector technologies which are highly relevant to nuclear imaging applications for pre-clinical and clinical studies. In collaboration with medical physicists and biologists we explore new detector technologies for SPECT and PET imaging.
Recent advances in accelerator technology promise to deliver a new form of electron based radiotherapy,. The initial studies are initiated and led by me.