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Research Highlights 20 years BESSY II:

Review 2018 - 1998 


2018: “Twin Orbit User Test Week” is a big success


The picture shows how sunlight can be used to break down water in PCN nanoparticles. - enlarged view

Paper: Energy & Environ. Science 2018. DOI: 10.1039/C7EE03592F Picture: Nannan Meng /Tianjin University


REM images of 3D graphs - enlarged view

Paper: Nature comms 2017. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms14885 Picture: 10.1038/ncomms14885


Representation of a magnetic pattern - enlarged view

Paper: Advanced Science 2016. DOI: 10.1002/ advs.201600207 Picture: HZB


Figure: X-ray fluorescence analysis - enlarged view

Paper: Energy & Environ. Science 2016. DOI: 10.1039/C6EE00402D Picture: HZB


2016: Testing hall EMIL Laboratory is opened at BESSY II

2016: Topping-out ceremony for bERLin-Pro

2015: Technical design study BESSY VSR


The picture shows a sample from the meteorite collection of the Natural History Museum - enlarged view

Paper: Nature 2015. Titelbild. DOI: 10.1038/nature14114 Picture: Natural History Museum, London


The picture shows details at the border between filling and tooth root - enlarged view

Picture: P. Zaslansky, Zahnwurzelbehandlung


Crystal structure of a human MTH1 protein in combination with a key inhibitor - enlarged view

Paper: Nature 2014. DOI: 10.1038/nature1319 Picture: Stockholm University, Prof. Pal Stenmark


The figure shows how organic compounds make contact with the atoms of the metal surface. - enlarged view

Paper: Nature Chemistry 2013. DOI: 10.1038/NCHEM.1572 Picture: Georg Heimel/HU Berlin


2013: Concept study for the upgrade from BESSY II to BESSY VSR


Figure: Graphene layer on nickel with a regular distortion of the honeycomb structure - enlarged view

Paper: Phys. Rev X 2012. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevX. 2.041017 Picture: A. Varykhalov/ HZB


The picture shows fog droplets over the Amazon rainforest - enlarged view

Paper: Science 2012. DOI:10.1126/science. 1223264 Picture: Christopher Pöhlker/MPI für Chemie


Picture: Ceremonial car from the Viking Age, Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo/Eirik Irgens Johnsen - enlarged view

Picture: Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo/Eirik Irgens Johnsen


2012: BESSY II is converted to top-up mode

2012: FEMTOSPEX upgrade


Synchrotron holotomography was used to visualise pathological structural changes in a dinosaur bone - enlarged view

Paper: Current Biology 2011. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2011.08.006 Picture: F. Wieder, A. Hilger/HZB


Observation of ultra-fast remagnetization - enlarged view

Paper: Nature 2011. DOI:10.1038/nature09901 Picture: I.Radu/HZB


2011: The LINAC pre-accelerator is installed


3-D section through the nucleus of an adenocarcinoma cell - enlarged view

Paper: Nature Methods 2010. DOI:10.1038/nmeth. 1533 Picture: G. Schneider/HZB


2010: The MX Lab for Protein Crystallography is founded

2009: BESSY II is integrated into the Helmholtz Association and merges with the Hahn- Meitner-Institut to form the Helmholtz- Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie HZB


3-D image of a book lung of a scorpion - enlarged view

Paper: Bessy Annual Report 2007, S. 36 Picture: Blue-BreezeWiki


2005:First suggestions for BESSY VSR

2005: First femto­slicing experiment with ultra-short X-ray pulses


The picture shows jewellery from the Viking Age - enlarged view

Paper: BESSY Jahresbericht 2004, S. 32 Picture: CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=34865586


Fig.: Die Himmelsscheibe von Nebra - enlarged view

Paper: „Naturwissenschaftliche Untersuchungen an den Funden von Nebra“, E. Pernicka, C.-H. Wunderlich; Archäologie in Sachsen-Anhalt Nr.1, 2002. Picture: CC/Wikimedia


2002: Start of low-alpha mode for short electron pulses for time-resolved experiments

1998: BESSY II commences operation (1994 Groundbreaking ceremony)