The IPS conducts research for and with novel synchrotron analytics and diagnostics (X-ray imaging, spectroscopy, and scattering). Particular focus is placed on in situ, operando, and in vivo techniques for the characterization of technological and biological processes, with emphasis on materials and processes for energy conversion and transport technologies, nano- and information materials, and imaging in the life sciences.
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Understanding atomic vibrations at interfaces
Propagating lattice vibrations, known as phonons, are responsible for the transmission of sound and heat in solids. In addition, by coupling to electrons and magnons they influence remarkably many materials properties. Due to the broken translational symmetry, the atomic vibrations at interfaces are drastically modified compared to their bulk counterparts.
September 2018 more
X-ray imaging reveals parasitic wasps in fossil fly pupae
Using high-throughput synchrotron X-ray microtomography at the UFO fast imaging station at the KIT synchrotron we have examined a large number of phosphatized fly pupae from the Paleogene geological time-period (66 – 23 Mya) in France in search for parasitic wasps. From our data we could identify 55 parasitation events by four wasp species, providing morphological and ecological data.
August 2018 more
A New Crystal Experience
A new, very generally applicable imaging approach provides not only three-dimensional information about complex arrangements of dislocations inside monocrystals, but also allows us to investigate precisely the behavior and role of all the individual defects during plastic deformation process.
November 2017 more
Dynamics of laser-excited gold nanorods
Time-resolved X-ray scattering with 100 picosecond time resolution shows laser-induced dynamics of gold nanorods, which are an attractive tool for biophotonics.
November 2017 more