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Institute Methods and Instrumentation for Synchrotron Radiation Research

Research statement

With bespoke and world leading Synchrotron experimental capabilities we address governing principles of efficient functionality in materials and identify drivers of molecular rate and selectivity. Often, these are the central aspects of basic energy science underlying efficient energy technologies, clean chemistry as well as data storage and computing. Soft X-ray spectroscopy provides the essential element specific and chemical selective probes and comes with an ultrafast time structure that allows to dissect complex molecules and materials into the atomic constituents and active centers.

With the support of the Helmholtz Association, the European Research Council, the DFG and the BMBF, we established with our national and international partners science driven links and collaborations to advance these grant challenges. These are the “Uppsala-Berlin joint Laboratory on next generation electron spectroscopy” or our world leading XUV and soft X-ray instruments for resonant inelastic X-ray scattering and the newly started AXSYS.  We also initiated and completed the “Heisenberg-RIXS facility for resonant inelastic X-ray scattering at the transform limit” at European XFEL and organized the underlying international users consortium.

In short, we are and have been in an ongoing process to conceptualize, field and operate soft X-ray spectroscopic instruments and beamlines. We also learn from and give advice to our national and international partners. Our efforts aim for full users operation to ensure the best science possible beyond the scope of in-house research within the Program Oriented Funding of the Helmholtz Association.


News and events

Satellite Workshop - enlarged view

Picture: SolidFlexRIXS visual (Régis Decker)

Users Meeting's Satellite Workshop: Probing functionality with soft x-rays

Probing functionality with soft x-rays: (a) Active sites and dynamics in molecules and materials and (b) Elemental excitations in solids. This workshop we will take place on June 21 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in a hybrid format at the HZB campus in Adlershof (Aquarium 14.51-3303). We will present the new instrumentation and opportunities at BESSY II to access and investigate material functionality and its dynamics.

Please find the detailed program by clicking on the workshop link registration.

Nils Mårtensson granted access to NAISS high-performance computing

The Coincidence Electron Spectroscopy for Chemical Analysis at BESSY II(CoESCA@UE52-PGM) operated by the Uppsala-Berlin joint Lab investigates the long-term stability of containment materials from the perspective of the atomic interaction of oxygen with Copper. For this effort Prof. Dr. Nils Mårtensson has been granted access to medium-scale 2023 NAISS high-performance computing (NAISS 2023/5-76) in the project “Electronic and atomic structure of surface oxides”.

Congratulation Markus Hantschmann

In February 2023, Markus Hantschmann successfully completed his PhD at the University of Potsdam. Congratulations from PS-ISRR all!

Events 2020 – 2011

  • Beating the Complexity of Matter through the Selectivity of X-ray. Electronic structure, potential energy surfaces, and dynamic pathways, Young and Experienced Investigators Exchange Workshop 2020, 22nd – 27th March 2020, Wittenberg, Cancelled due to Corona.
  • Helmholtz Virtual Institute Dynamic Pathways in Multidimensional Landscapes/Young and Senior Investigators Exchange Workshop 2018, 5th – 8th May 2018, Eibsee-Hotel, Grainau, Germany
  • Helmholtz Virtual Institute Dynamic Pathways in Multidimensional Landscapes/Young Investigators Workshop 2017, 23rd -28th April 2017, Eibsee-Hotel, Grainau, Germany
  • International conference: Virtual Institute: Virtual Institute: Dynamic Pathways in Multidimensional Landscapes 2016
  • Scientific kick-off workshop and summer school: Virtual Institute: Dynamic Pathways in Multidimensional Landscapes, 6 - 10 August 2012, Potsdam University
  • European Detector Collaboration, XBMP workshop, May 2011
  • International workshop: X-ray view of ultrafast Dynamics in Solids
  • International workshop: Röntgen-Ångstrom workshop on Multidimensional X-ray Spectroscopy, 19./20.05.2011