Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research
Scientific Profile and Research Program
The Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research conducts materials research for future applications, e. g., in information technology and for energy conversion. To this end we make use of the various possibilities offered by our Ion Beam Center (IBC) for synthesis, modification, and analysis of thin films and nanostructures. The analyzed materials range from semiconductors and oxides to metals and magnetic materials. They are investigated with the goal to optimize their electronic, magnetic, optical as well as structural functionality. This research is embedded in the Helmholtz Association’s program “From Matter to Materials and Life”.
Facilities and Cooperations
The Ion Beam Center (IBC) with 40 experimental stations has a long-time experience in the fields of ion implantation, ion-beam modification, ion-beam analysis and ion- or plasma-assisted film deposition. This expert knowledge is offered to a large national and international user community.
Furthermore we are in charge of the experimental stations at the Free-Electron Lasers FELBE, and, in cooperation with the Institute of Radiation Physics, of the future THz and positron beamlines at the Electron Accelerator ELBE.
The Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research particularly supports young scientists. Two young investigator groups are working at the Institute. One of them, funded by the Helmholtz Association, is led by Dr. Alina Deac since 2014 and performs research in the field of "Spin-torque devices for information and communication technologies“. Likewise in 2014 started the Emmy Noether Group funded by DFG and led by Dr. Helmut Schultheiss on "Spin waves bridging Spintronics and Photonics". Another young investigator group (Dr. Shengqiang Zhou) was funded by the Helmholtz Association from 2011 to 2016.
The Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research is currently coordinating two Helmholtz funded network projects.
The Virtual Institute MEMRIOX led by Prof. Dr. Sibylle Gemming deals with nanoscale structures which are based on oxidic compounds. Their electric resistance can be adjusted through current flow, an effect which permits them to act as electronic switches and non-volatile memories.
The International Helmholtz Research School for Nanoelectronic Networks (IHRS NanoNet) led by Dr. Artur Erbe is a structured doctoral programme promoting the education of the next generation of scientists in molecular electronics.
In addition the Institute is engaged in the Helmholtz Energy Materials Characterization Platform (HEMCP) and in the Helmholtz Energy Materials Foundry (HEMF).