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Foto: Capacitor bank ©Copyright: HZDRIn virtually every research field, scientists rely on large-scale facilities for investigating the structural, chemical, physical, and biological properties of materials. The HZDR is committed to continuously developing and improving these large scientific instruments for creating an excellent research environment. For “Conducting Research with the Highest Electromagnetic Fields,” two unique facilities are available at the HZDR: The Dresden High Magnetic Field Laboratory (HLD) and the ELBE Center for High-Power Radiation Sources with the High Performance Laser DRACO.

At the HLD, pulsed magnetic fields of more than 90 Tesla are generated in a bore of 16 millimeters – that’s unique in the entire world. By use of these fields, the HZDR scientists as well as numerous external users investigate the specific properties of new materials and fundamental phenomena, such as superconductivity and magnetism, with the objective of developing innovative materials for the future.

The ELBE Center for High-Power Radiation Sources is the HZDR’s largest and, perhaps, its most versatile research facility. It permits the generation of diverse types of radiation for various research purposes ranging from fundamental research to materials science all the way to medicine. This research is possible due to a high quality, intense electron beam which is continuously provided in a superconducting accelerator. This electron beam is used, for example, to generate gamma radiation as well as pulsed neutrons and positrons in matter or to emit deep infrared light or terahertz radiation in free electron lasers. The accelerator is complemented by the High Performance Laser System DRACO which, due to its extreme peak intensity, not only permits the acceleration of electrons, but also the acceleration of heavier ions on just a few millimeters. This creates the possibility of making those complex accelerator systems which are needed, for example, in cancer therapy much smaller in the future.


  • Highest magnetic fields up to 100 Tesla for users of the Dresden High Magnetic Field Laboratory (HLD)
  • Development of a PW-class laser facility for applications in Radiation Oncology and fundamental research
  • Advancement and development of accelerator technologies

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  • Singh, S.; D'Souza, S. W.; Nayak, J. et al.
    Room-temperature tetragonal non-collinear Heusler antiferromagnet Pt2MnGa
    Nature Communications 7(2016), 12671 (10.1038/ncomms12671)
  • Kohlrautz, J.; Haase, J.; Green, E. L. et al.
    Field-stepped broadband NMR in pulsed magnets and application to SrCu2(BO3)2 at 54 T
    Journal of Magnetic Resonance 271(2016), 52-59 (10.1016/j.jmr.2016.08.005)
  • Albertazzi, B.; Ciardi, A.; Nakatsutsumi, M. et al.
    Laboratory formation of a scaled protostellar jet by coaligned poloidal magnetic field
    Science 346(2014), 325-328 (10.1126/science.1259694)
  • Tsurkan, V.; Zherlitsyn, S.; Yasin, S. et al.
    Unconventional Magnetostructural Transition in CoCr2O4 at High Magnetic Fields
    Physical Review Letters 110(2013), 115502 (10.1103/PhysRevLett.110.115502)
  • Dienst, A.; Casandruc, E.; Zhang, L. et al.
    Optical Excitation of Josephson Plasma Solitons in a Cuprate Superconductor
    Nature Materials 12(2013), 535-541 (10.1038/nmat3580)