Nuclear physics is undergoing a renaissance with the advent of next generation radioactive beam facilities in Europe. These facilities will revolutionize our understanding of the atomic nucleus, particularly for exotic nuclei with extreme proton/neutron ratios. The knowledge obtained will also greatly inform our understanding of the formation of heavy elements in explosive astrophysical scenarios like supernovae.

Gamma-ray detection will continue to be a key tool for experimental nuclear physics. The new facilities make strong demands on the capability and performance of gamma-ray calorimeters. We believe that these challenges can best be addressed through the employment of novel scintillator materials such as lanthanum bromide. This leads to the present R&D programme where we will investigate novel scintillator materials and advanced photosensors. At the same time we will explore new techniques and concepts such as phoswich detectors, segmented scintillators, and pulse shape analysis.