Suter, Martin, Prof. Dr.
Martin Suter was head of the Laboratory of Ion Beam Physics, which is responsible for research programs at the tandem accelerator facility located at ETH, Hönggerberg, which is now operated as a joint project of ETH Zurich and the Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI). He was a faculty member of the Physics Department. He was awarded the title of Professor at ETH in summer 1999, he retired end of June 2008.
Martin Suter, born on February 3, 1947, from Zürich, studied physics at the faculty of mathematics and physics at ETH. He received his PhD degree from ETH in 1975. From 1977 to 1979 he was a postdoctoral fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where he was working on problems related to ion-atom collisions at MeV energies. In the following years he was a member of Prof. Wölfli's research group at ETH and was involved in setting up a program in applied nuclear physics at the existing tandem accelerator facility.
His main scientific interest was to transfer accelerator technology and methods of nuclear and atomic physics research into other fields of science. His main research activity was related to accelerator mass spectrometry; a method, which allows to detect long-lived radionuclides in lowest concentration and small samples. This method is an important tool for dating and the reconstruction of the climate history. The special features and versatility of the instrumentation set up at ETH allowed setting up a large application program with much national and international collaboration.