What kinds of research questions can be answered with the help of BESSY II?
The properties of macroscopic substances can often be traced back to their atomic component parts' idiosyncrasies. It is only once researchers fully grasp these relationships that they will be able to develop materials or building blocks with the desired properties, that are more compact, flexible, robust, lighter, or more efficient than conventional ones.
Therefore, scientists are systematically shining synchrotron light at materials. For the most part, photons interact with electrons of solid bodies close to the surface. Which is why, with photons, surface layers can be analyzed without any disturbances.
Below you will find a few examples of our research: