Workshop on
 Switches for Pulsed Power Applications

March 23rd and 24th, 2023
Technical University Darmstadt and GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung

Hosted by the TU Darmstadt and the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung, this year’s annual workshop of the ISP will focus on switch technologies for pulsed power applications. This may include:

 • Opening and Closing Switches
 • High Power and high frequency Semiconducting Switches / Solid State Switches
 • High Voltage Gas and Vacuum Switches
 • Trigger and Protection Technologies
 • Switch Cooling
 • Assemblies and Systems

This workshop is intended to regularly provide the possibility of networking within the pulsed power community and to support the scientific / technical exchange between science, industry and students. The frame of the workshop shall provide a more intimate opportunity for social and technical interaction than a large conference. The workshop is accompanied by a visit of the construction site of the Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR) / GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung and the annual member meeting of the ISP. The workshop is free of charge.

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15.02.2023 Registration deadline for participation at the workshop and the lab tour of GSI
28.02.2023 Registration deadline for participation at the workshop (without lab tour)
03.03.2023 Please let us know the title of your talk until this date / last date to apply for a talk
10.03.2023 Please update/cancel your registration until this date by the provided link


The GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt operates a worldwide leading accelerator facility for research purposes. About 1,520 employees are working at GSI. In addition, every year approximately 1,000 researchers from universities and other research institutes around the world come to GSI to use the facility for experiments.
At GSI, FAIR is currently being built, an international accelerator facility for the research with antiprotons and ions which is being developed and constructed in cooperation with international partners. It is one of the world’s largest construction projects for international cutting-edge research. The FAIR project was initiated by the scientific community and researchers of GSI. The GSI accelerators will become part of the future FAIR facility and serve as the first acceleration stage.


Day Time Event
Thursday March 23: 12h00 Registration & Welcome coffee
13h00 Welcome
13h20 Session I
15h00 Group photo & coffee break
15h30 Session II
17h20 End of sessions day 1
19h00 Dinner at Restaurant Grohe (sponsored for ISP members)
Friday March 24: 09h00 ISP member meeting
13h20 Coffee break
11h00 Session III
13h00 Lunch at your own expense (cash only) at the Cafeteria Fraunhofer IGD, Fraunhofer Str. 5, 64283 Darmstadt
13h45 Transfer to the GSI by public transport
14h30 Lab tour (GSI/FAIR)
16h30 End

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Michael Bader, Ampegon, Baden, Switzerland
Maxime Berard, French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis, France
Rainer Bischoff, French-German Research Institute of Saint -Louis, France
Mawuena Rémi Degnon, University of Pau, France
Lars Dresel, Technical University Darmstadt, Germany
Anton Gusev, University of Pau, France
Tom Huiskamp, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
Joachim Kahl, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY, Hamburg, Germany
Philipp Kappes,PE Systems, Darmstadt, Germany
Gregor Loisch, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY, Hamburg, Germany
Thomas Maysonnave, University of Pau, France
Jeroen van Oorschot, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
Martin Sack, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Ejlal Shahriari, University of Pau, France
Adam Turnball, First Light Fusion Ltd., Oxford, UK


Workshop organization and ISP treasurer Local workshop organization Workshop organization
Researcher at French-German Research Institute of Saint -Louis Professor for Power Electronics at the Technical University of Darmstadt Head of the group Pulsed Power Technologies and Systems at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Phone: +33 389 69 51 96 Phone: +49 6151 16-20580 Phone: +49 721 608 24667
Email: Email: Email:

Travel Information

Technical University of Damstadt Universität Darmstadt
Building S3/06, Lecture hall 052
64283 Darmstadt
Tel.: +49-6151-16-20585
Location on Google maps
Location map (pdf)

By train: ICE, IC and EC trains stop at Darmstadt Station, which means it is very well connected with the German distance railway network. There are regional connections with Frankfurt am Main, Wiesbaden, Aschaffenburg, Mannheim and Heidelberg as well as Erbach and Eberbach.
Darmstadt Hauptbahnhof (main station) is a hub for tram and bus lines.

By car: You can reach Darmstadt from motorways A5 (from Frankfurt/M. – Heidelberg/Basel) and A67 (from Cologne/Wiesbaden – Mannheim). At the motorway junction ‘Autobahnkreuz Darmstadt’ take the exit towards Darmstadt/Stadtmitte.

By plane: The international airport Frankfurt Rhein-Main is located 25 km (15.5 miles) from Darmstadt. At the airport, regional bus lines depart from arrivals area B at Terminal 1 and arrivals areas D+E at Terminal 2. We recommend the express bus AirLiner (Terminals 1 and 2), which offers a convenient and fast 30-minute connection from the airport to Darmstadt Hauptbahnhof (main station), Luisenplatz and darmstadtium Congress Centre.


Accommodation is basically the responsibility of the participants. A contingent of rooms at the «Maritim Hotel» and the «Welcome Hotel» were reserved for workshop participants. This reservation will remain until the mentioned dates, after which the rooms will be released. Prompt booking is recommended as rooms are limited. Please refer to «ISP 2023» when booking.

Maritim Hotel
Price with breakfast: 81.60 € (single room) and 91.80 € (double room)
Number of available rooms: 10x single + 10 x double
Reservated until: 28.02.
Booking: Click this link
Keyword: "ISP 2023"
Cancellation policy: Free of charge until 7 days before arrival date

Price with breakfast: 125 € (superior double room)
Number of available rooms: 15
Reservated until: 23.02.
Booking: Click this link
Keyword: "ISP 2023"
Cancellation policy: Free of charge until 7 days before arrival date

Further Information

Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR)
GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH
Institute for power electronics and control of drives @ TU Darmstadt