DESY Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron

DESY is a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres and is one of the world's leading accelerator centres. The facility offers a broad research spectrum of international standing focusing on three main areas: accelerator development, construction and operation; photon science; particle and astroparticle physics.

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Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH (HZB)

The HZB operates two scientific large-scale facilities for investigating the structure and function of matter.The research reactor BER II is used for experiments with neutrons and the synchrotron radiation source BESSY II, producing ultra-bright photon beams ranging from Terahertz to hard X- rays.

HZB is one of the few centres in the world able to offer the whole range of instruments for neutron and synchrotron radiation within one laboratory structure. A common user gateway provides a unified proposal procedure with one scientific selection panel.

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Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG)

As a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, the largest scientific organization in Geremany, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht is engaged in long-term activities in the fields of materials research, coastal research, and regenerative medicine, making a major contribution to resolve large and pressing issues facing society.

The German Engineering Materials Science Centre (GEMS), part of HZGs Institute of Materials Research, provides a worldwide unique infrastructure for complementary research with photons and neutrons. GEMS runs the High Energy Materials Science Beamline (HEMS) and the Imaging Beamline (IBL) and shares parts of the BioSAXS Beamline, operated at DESY in Hamburg. Instruments using neutrons are located at the outstation at the FRM II in Garching near Munich.

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Max IV Laboratory

Being one of two national laboratories The MAX IV Laboratory, situated in Lund, Sweden, is operated by the Swedish Research Council and Lund University. The research performed at the laboratory covers disciplines such as physics, chemistry, biology, material science, geology, engineering and medicine. Every year the MAX-lab facilities are visited by more than 800 researchers.

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Next generation of research facilities

Three new research facilities are currently being planned or constructed in the Baltic Sea Regio, state of the art scientific recources for the industry and society.

European Spallation Source
The European Spallation Source (ESS) aims to be the brightest source of neutrons in the world for scientific research. The facility will be used in parallel experiments that will foster major advances from aging and health, materials technology for sustainable and renewable energy, to experiments in quantum physics, biomaterials and nano-science.

The ESS will be located in Lund, Sweden, is co-hosted by both Sweden and Denmark and is funded and operated by a partnership of 17 European countries. Construction will start in 2013 and the facility is expected to begin to operate in 2019.

To ESS web site

MAX IV is a third generation synchrotron facility, currently under construction. It will open for research in 2015. MAX IV is a cutting edge synchrotron light facility. It generates very intense light which give us new possibilities for ground-breaking research. The initial beamline programme has started.
MAX IV is Sweden’s largest research infrastructure project today.

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The European X-Ray Lazer project, XFEL, is a research facility currently under construction in the Hamburg area, Germany. From 2015 on, it will provide extreme brilliance; new research opportunities for scientist and industrial users from all over the world.

With the European XFEL, we will be able to decode the atomic details of viruses and cells, capture three-dimensional images of the nanoworld, film chemical reactions and study processes under the kind of extreme conditions, for example, in the interior of planets. Such research will give new insights into practically all of the scientific and technical fields that are of central importance to our everyday lives, including medicine, pharmacology, chemistry, materials science, nanotechnology, power engineering and electronics.

The high-energy electron beam with genuine laser properties opens up research opportunities scientists could previously only dream of. For instance, this kind of radiation enables us, for the first time, to observe processes in the nano cosmos in real time that is view “live broadcasts” of chemical reactions.

To XFEL's web site

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