Welcome to the Institute for Photon Science and Synchrotron Radiation

Research at IPS focuses on methodological development and application of synchrotron-based photon science, combining X-ray imaging, X-ray spectroscopy, and X-ray scattering to allow comprehensive in situ & operando characterization of nanostructures, materials, devices, and processes. At IPS we perform pioneering, proof-of-principle experiments as well as systematic studies, to contribute to an understanding of structure/property/functionality relations in materials research & technology.

IPS cooperates closely with other KIT institutes and with leading national and international research institutions and universities. Activities are embedded in the corresponding programs and research fields of the Helmholtz-Association. 

Particular emphasis is placed on the scientific and technical education and professional development of students and staff. Research activities are closely linked to academic teaching and research within the KIT Faculties of Physics and Chemistry & Biosciences, as well as at other universities.

Luminescence in gold clusters and the Fojtik-Henglein Prize

Ligand-free gold clusters have been produced by laser fragmentation and analysed for light emission. The results of the study help to solve the conundrum of luminescence in gold clusters with complex ligand stabilization. The authors of the study have been awarded the 2021 Fojtik-Henglein Prize.

X-ray Imaging reveals new aspects of metamorphosis in insects

By examining numerous insects using synchrotron radiation, a research team led by the University of Bonn has challenged a hypothesis of evolutionary theory in stoneflies. The study shows for the first time how closely successive life stages are linked in insects without a pupal stage.

Iron silicide nanostructures for future nanoelectronics

Self-organized silicide nanostructures represent potential building blocks for future nanoelectronic device applications. The collective vibrations of atoms in the nanocrystalline structure play an important role for the properties of such materials.