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Margit Helma

phone: +49 721 608 26071
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Institute for Photon Science and Synchrotron Radiation (IPS)
Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
D-76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen

Prof. Dr. Tilo Baumbach

phone: +49 721 608 26820
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Prof. Dr. Clemens Heske

phone: +49 721 608 28069
mail: clemens heskePet9∂kit edu

Welcome to the Institute for Photon Science and Synchrotron Radiation

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 approaches in the life sciences.



News / Publications / Highlights

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

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

X-SPEC Undulator at the Institute for Photon Science and Synchrotron Radiation (IPS) provides light over an unprecedented energy range

A novel shifting in-vacuum undulator has successfully provided first light to the X-SPEC Beamline at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

July 2017

Phonon nanoengineering: Vibrations of nanoislands dissipate heat more effectively

Europium silicide has for some time attracted the attention of scientists. Recognized as being promising for electronics and spintronics, this material has recently been submitted by a team of physicists from Poland, Germany and France to comprehensive studies of the vibrations of its crystal lattice.

March 2017

X-ray videos reveal internal morphological dynamics in mating bush crickets

Male genital organs are among the fastest evolving morphological structures. However, large parts of the male’s genitalia are often hidden inside the female during mating. In several bush cricket species males bear a pair of sclerotized genital appendices called titillators.

February 2017

Exploring the Structure of Aqueous Solutions with SALSA

Water and aqueous solutions are probably the most essential substances in our lives. Consequently, understanding their properties and functions on a molecular level are a central research topic that touches upon technology, physics, chemistry, and biology. Also, it turns out to be highly challenging!

December 2016