Physics of Nanoscale Systems (ER-C-1) / Microstructure Research (PGI-5)

Development of new procedures for understanding material properties on the atomic level with a special focus on ultrahigh resolution electron microscopy techniques. In the near future, the life sciences will be added as the first new field of application. Furthermore, we enable researchers from science and industry to use our instruments and methods, supported by our experts, and aim to establish a national user facility for the scientific community.

Head: Prof. Rafal Dunin-Borkowski

Aberration Correction

Aberration Correction

The first spherical-aberration(Cs) corrected TEM was co-developed and operated at the ER-C. Today this technique defines state-of-the-art electron microscopy and has been commercialized in more than 1000 instruments worldwide. 

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Skyrmionen

Skyrmion Research: Braids of Nanovortices Discovered

A team of scientists from Germany, Sweden and China has discovered a new physical phenomenon: complex braided structures made of tiny magnetic vortices known as skyrmions. Skyrmions could provide a possible basis for innovative concepts in information processing that offer better performance and lower energy consumption.

Single-molecule devices

PGI Colloquium: Prof. Dr. Elke Scheer, University of Konstanz, Germany

The possibility to fabricate electronic devices with functional building blocks of atomic size is a major driving force of nanotechnology. Key elements in microelectronics are reliable switches and memories as well as devices showing spin-dependent transport phenomena.

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www.er-c.org

Ernst Ruska-Centre The Ernst Ruska-Centre for Microscopy and Spectroscopy with Electrons is a combined development and user facility.

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moreSTEM - Momentum-resolved Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy

In this imaging mode, diffraction patterns are recorded at each raster position of a scanning electron beam in an electron microscope.

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ESTEEM3

ESTEEM3 – Enabling Science and Technology through European Electron Microscopy – is an EU funded project for electron microscopy, which aims at providing access to leading European state-of-the-art electron microscopy research infrastructures.

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3D MAGIC

This European Research Council Synergy project aims at studying three-dimensional magnetic solitons with high temporal and spatial resolution, bringing together experts on magnetic imaging, magnetic manipulation, theory and device applications.