In 2013, DPhN is composed of 54 permanent CEA staff members, 10 post-doctoral researchers and 15 doctoral students. These figures include 2 Research Directors, 6 experts senior CEA and 20 scientists holding an accreditation to supervise research (Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches - HDR in French).
DPhN benefits from Irfu's state-of-the-art technical divisions that enable it to actively participate in the development and production of innovative detectors and thereby hold a determining position in collaborations.
The experiments are carried out within national and international collaborations, the majority of which are with our partners from IN2P3, or in certain cases with other CEA departments. The DPhN physicists carry out their experiments with large research infrastructures in France such as Ganil (Caen), ILL (Grenoble) and Double Chooz (Chooz); in Europe with GSI (Germany), Geel (Belgium), Jyväskylä (Finland) and CERN (Geneva); in the United States of America with Jefferson Lab (Virginia), MSU (Michigan); and in Japan with RIKEN.
For nearly 10 years now DPhN has been hosting the ESNT (Espace de structure et réactions nucléaires théoriques – Theoretical nuclear structure and reactions forum), an entity with no permanent researchers funded jointly by the DRF and the DAM with the aim of promoting scientific activity between the various CEA laboratories. Today ESNT is a structure of international standing, attracting a large number of scientists from the international community. Each year some 100 visitors come to DPhN to attend the international workshops.
The data analyses and the theoretical activities are carried out in Saclay using the computing resources of SPhN and Irfu and of the large computing centres such as CCRT, IDRIS, CC-IN2P3, or the computing grid.