Research Facilities at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf

Scientific research equipment of national and international importance is operated at the HZDR and as such the HZDR is coordinating member and partner of numerous collaborations and projects. The scientific facilities are equally available to external guest researchers from science and economy.

More information on the HZDR user facilites

In addition, the following two scientific departments provide support for HZDR scientists: 

Foto: ELBE-Beschleuniger ©Copyright: HZDR/Frank Bierstedt

Radiation Source at the ELBE Cen­ter for High-Power Radiation Sources

The Radiation Source ELBE (Electron Linac for beams with high Brilliance and low Emittance) delivers multiple secondary beams, both elctromagnetic radiation and particles. The characteristics of these beams make ELBE an outstanding research instrument for external users as well as scientists of the HZDR.
Head: Prof. Peter Michel
Foto: Compressor grating150 TW laser Draco ©Copyright: Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schramm

High-power Laser-particle Acceleration

Lasers with petawatt peak power enable the development of advanced ultra-compact particle accelerators and light sources with applications ranging from cancer research to probing of ultrafast processes. Dedicated target areas are optimized for the investigation and application of relativistic laser-plasma processes by in-house and external researchers.
Head: Prof. Ulrich Schramm
Foto: Experimente Hochfeld-Labor ©Copyright: HZDR/Oliver Killig

Dresden High Magnetic Field Laboratory HLD

This laboratory focuses on modern materials research in high magnetic fields. In particular, electronic properties of metallic, semiconducting, superconducting, and magnetic materials are investigated. This way the High Magnetic Field Laboratory serves as a research facility for both in-house and user projects.

Head: Prof. Joachim Wosnitza

Foto: The 6 MV Accelerator at the Ion Beam Center of the HZDR ©Copyright: HZDR

User Facilities at the Ion Beam Cen­ter IBC

The Ion Beam Center is an internationally leading center of competence for the application of ion beams in materials research. Plasma and ion sources generate ions of all species at energies between eV and 60 MeV.
Head: Dr. Stefan Facsko
Foto: Kombiniertes PET/MRT-Gerät am HZDR ©Copyright: Bierstedt

Cen­ter for Positron Emission Tomography

The PET Center Dresden-Rossendorf is jointly operated by the HZDR and the TU Dresden. Research is focused on preclinical and clinical molecular imaging of biochemical processes and is performed in collaboration with the University Hospital Dresden.
Foto: Experimentelle Fluiddynamik - Topflow ©Copyright: HZDR/Rainer Weisflog


Complex flow phenomena are investigated here under realistic conditions to enable energy efficient material flows in process engineering and the chemical industry as well as the safe operation of nuclear power plants.
Foto: Dr. Andreas Scheinost, Head Molecular Structures at the HDZR Institute of Resource Ecology, adjusting the goniometer at the Rossendorf Beamline (ROBL) in Grenoble. ©Copyright: Denis Morel

Rossendorf Beamline ROBL at ESRF

The Rossendorf Beamline is located at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble, France. Here, energy research benefits from Europe’s most brilliant source of X-ray light. Two measurement facilities for radiochemical experiments are available.
Head: Dr. habil. Andreas Scheinost
Foto: Materie in Licht verwandeln ©Copyright: HZDR/Jürgen Jeibmann

Department of Research Technology

The Department of Research Technology develops and implements dedicated research devices ranging from experiment equipment to the level of complex and large research facilities.
Head: Prof. Peter Kaever
Foto: water-cooled Racks inside the data center ©Copyright: Tom Wawerek

High Performance Computing at HZDR

The high-performance data center is the core of the IT infrastructure at HZDR. With supercomputers at this facility the Department of Information Services and Computing provides the technical foundation for scientific calculation and simulation tasks of the institutes.
Head: Dr. Henrik Schulz
Foto: Referenzbild ©Copyright: HZDR-Bibo


The scientific library of the HZDR provides predominantly digital access to information and supports researchers in the publication procedures. Due to the altered information processes in science, the library has been reorganized as a user-oriented infrastructure in the Central Department of Information Services and Computing.
Head: Edith Reschke


Dr. Barbara Schramm

EU-Liason Officer
Head of Department Research Programmes and International Projects
Research Programmes & International Projects
Phone: +49 351 260 2684