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Research Infrastructure

Dust Accelerator Facility

Description The Dust Accelerator facility located at Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics (MPIK) in Heidelberg is operated by the University of Stuttgart, Institute of Space Systems (IRS). A 2 MV electrostatic field accelerates micron- and sub-micron-sized dust particles to speeds between 0.5 and 100 km/s. Dust powder used are coated minerals (olivine, pyroxene), organics (coated polystyrene) or metals (Fe, Al, Ni, ...). The dust source provides approx. 30 particles per sec. The speed, charge and mass of each accelerated particle is measured in-situ. A selection electronics can selected individual particles within a certain speed or mass range. The target chambers are available (largest has 1.4 m diameter). A vacuum of 1e-6 mbar is applied. Tests are performed for space instrument development/calibration, space weathering, hyper-velocity impact physics (e.g. mass spectrometry). The facility is in the process of moving to the University of Stuttgart and so access to international users is limited in 2014. http://www.irs.uni-stuttgart.de/cosmicdust/laboratory/ and http://www.hlrs.de/
URL http://www.isa.au.dk/networks/euroPlanet/facilities/tna2/dustAccelerator.html
Status Operational since 2015
Under construction since 2014
Scientific Domains Physical Sciences and Engineering
RI Categorization Space Environment Test Facilities
Location Saupfercheckweg 1, Heidelberg, 69117, Germany
MERIL URL http://portal.meril.eu/meril/view/facilitys/14417