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New X-Ray Technique Reveals Possible Key to Extending Battery Lifetime, Capacity
Sep. 30, 2014

New X-Ray Technique Reveals Possible Key to Extending Battery Lifetime, Capacity

A novel X-ray technique developed for studying battery failures points to the potential next step in extending lithium ion battery lifetime and capacity, opening a path to wider use of these batteries in conjunction with renewable energy sources. Lithium ion batteries power mobile devices and electric cars and help to store energy from renewable, yet intermittent sources of energy such as wind and solar. But many cycles of charging and discharging lead to battery failures and capacity loss, limiting their useful life.
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X-Ray Stroboscope Offers New Insights Into Biomolecular Dynamics
Sep. 22, 2014

X-Ray Stroboscope Offers New Insights Into Biomolecular Dynamics

Reaearchers from Göttingen in collaboration with colleagues from Augsburg have 'filmed' the movement of lipid molecules using an X-ray stroboscope at DESY. In the scientific journal Physical Review Letters, researchers lead by Professor Tim Salditt of the University of Göttingen report that their study offers new insights into the dynamics of biomolecules, which compose materials such as cell membranes. The cell membranes consist of a double layer of lipid molecules; the properties of the membranes are of great interest because they control which substances enter and exit a biological cell and also determine which materials are exchanged between different cell regions.
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$ 1M Grant to Develop an Ultra-Compact X-Ray Free Electron Laser
Aug. 26, 2014

$ 1M Grant to Develop an Ultra-Compact X-Ray Free Electron Laser

Robert Candler, assistant professor of electrical engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, has received a $1 million reserach grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to develop an ultra-compact X-ray free electron laser. more
New Simple Setup for X-Ray Phase-Contrast
Jul. 22, 2014

New Simple Setup for X-Ray Phase-Contrast

X-Ray phase-contrast imaging can provide high-quality images of objects with lower radiation dose. But until now these images have been hard to obtain and required special X-Ray sources whose properties are typically only found at large particle accelerator facilities. Using a laboratory source with unprecedented brightness, scientists from the Technische Universität München (TUM), the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (KTH) and University College London (UCL) have demonstrated a new approach to get reliable phase contrast with an extremely simple setup.
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X-Ray Microscopy: Improving Lenses with Spatial Resolution Below 10 nm
Jun. 23, 2014

X-Ray Microscopy: Improving Lenses with Spatial Resolution Below 10 nm

Physicists at HZB have developed a process to generate improved lenses for X-ray microscopy that provide both better resolution and higher throughput. To accomplish this, they fabricate three-dimensional X-ray optics for volume diffraction that consist of on-chip stacked Fresnel zone plates. These three-dimensional nanostructures focus the incident X-rays much more efficiently and enable improved spatial resolution below ten nanometres. Results have been published in the journal Nano Research.
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Atomic Force Microscopy: Resolving the Structure of a Single Biological Molecule
Apr. 29, 2014

Atomic Force Microscopy: Resolving the Structure of a Single Biological Molecule

Researchers at the London Centre for Nanotechnology have determined the structure of DNA from measurements on a single molecule using atomic force microscopy, and found that this structure is not as regular as one might think. Results have been published in the journal Small. more
Imaging Ferroelectric Domains
Feb. 07, 2014

Imaging Ferroelectric Domains

When thin films of ferroelectric materials are grown on single-crystal substrates, they can develop regions of aligned polarization - called "domains" - that often adopt complex patterns. Manipulation of ferroelectric domains can lead to advances in a number of technologies. However, in order to manipulate the domains, it is important to study their natural development. Previous studies have shown that interfacial strain and electrical boundary conditions play a large role. Accurate measurements of the local polarization can help science learn more. By changing the properties of the substrate and the interfaces of the ferroelectric materials, one can control the size and shape of the domains and thus influence the behavior of the material.
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Colour X-Ray Camera for the Analysis of Elements
Oct. 22, 2013

Colour X-Ray Camera for the Analysis of Elements

A unique colour X-ray camera went into operation at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR). With this camera, it will be possible for the researchers at the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF), a part of the HZDR, to determine within a very short period of time the concentrations of such very finely dispersed metals as rare earth elements in ore minerals. The scientists celebrated the start of the camera's routine operation together with colleagues, partners, and companies who participated in the assembly of the camera. It was developed specifically to meet the institute's analytical requirements.
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The World's Sharpest X-Ray Beam
Oct. 01, 2013

The World's Sharpest X-Ray Beam

The world's sharpest X-ray beam shines at DESY. At the X-ray light source PETRA III, scientists from Göttingen generated a beam with a diameter of barely 5 nanometres - this is ten thousand times thinner than human hair. This fine beam of X-ray light allows focusing on smallest details. The research groups of Professor Tim Salditt from the Institute of X-ray Physics and of Professor Hans-Ulrich Krebs from the Institute of Materials Physics of the University of Göttingen published their work in the research journal Optics Express.
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Materials Research: First Laser-like X-ray Light from a Solid
Aug. 28, 2013

Materials Research: First Laser-like X-ray Light from a Solid

Researchers have for the first time created an X-ray laser based on a solid. The method developed at DESY's free-electron laser FLASH opens up new avenues of investigation in materials research, as reported by the team of Prof. Alexander Föhlisch of the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin (HZB) in the journal Nature. "This technology makes it possible to analyse sensitive samples that otherwise are quickly destroyed by intense X-ray light," notes co-author Prof. Wilfried Wurth of the University of Hamburg and the Hamburg Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL), a collaborative effort by DESY, the Max Planck Society and the University of Hamburg.
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