Successful German-Russian Project Set to Continue

German Federal Ministry of Education and Research grants another five years of funding to the shared research facility at Berlin’s electron storage ring for synchrotron radiation

No 078/2019 from Apr 01, 2019

The German-Russian laboratory at BESSY II, Berlin’s electron storage ring for synchrotron radiation, has secured funding to maintain operations for the next five years. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) granted 1 million euros to the facility, available as of April 1, according to an announcement on Monday by the lab’s coordinator and chairperson of the steering committee, Eckart Rühl from the Department of Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy at Freie Universität Berlin. During the new funding period, lab operations will be shared with Clemens Laubschat’s research group from the Technische Universität Dresden. With two beamlines and state-of-the-art scientific equipment, the lab will be able to study the storage materials of the future, nanometer-scale electronics, and new plastics. Since 2001 numerous scientists have conducted experiments at the lab. The facility has attracted researchers from over 25 different universities in Russia and Germany. A consortium of eight German and Russian research institutions manages the lab. The members include Freie Universität Berlin, Technische Universität Dresden, Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin, St. Petersburg University, the Ioffe Institute, the Kurchatov Institute, the Shubnikov Institute, and Technische Universität Freiberg.

The Helmholz-Zentrum Berlin enables the complex scientific work conducted with the Berlin storage ring for synchrotron radiation. The ring produces visible and infrared light as well as X-rays, using electrons that circle around the storage ring at high speeds. The electrons almost reach the speed of light, circling the 240-meter long ring one million times per second. The Russian-German laboratory is integrated into this infrastructure, and for almost 18 years scientists have been using the beamline to harness radiation from BESSY II in order to conduct highly specialized and technologically advanced experiments. Eckart Rühl emphasizes how productive the international cooperation has been, noting that the Russian and German research groups have written over 650 publications since 2001. He also states that the shared facility has earned a prominent position over the decades in terms of research and as an example of successful German-Russian cooperation. With this funding the BMBF establishes the continuity needed to follow through with long-term research projects, says Professor Rühl.

Russian-German Laboratory at BESSY II: www.bessy.de/rglab/

Department of Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 30 838-52396, Email: ruehl [at] zedat.fu-berlin (p) de

Clemens Laubschat, Technische Universität Dresden, Tel.: +49 351 463-33249, Email: claub [at] physik.phy.tu-dresden (p) de