HZDR Participations in the Development of Helmholtz Research Infrastructures
The Helmholtz Association is establishing unique research infrastructures within the frame of cross-institutional large-scale projects which are expected to enable users from science and industry to have central access to cutting-edge equipment and methods. The HZDR is currently participating in three such construction measures.
- HIBEF: Helmholtz International Beamline for Extreme Fields
At the European XFEL in Hamburg, the “Helmholtz International Beamline for Extreme Fields” (HIBEF) is currently in development. The applicants for this project were the HZDR and the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY. HIBEF is to provide the XFEL station “High-energy Density Science Instrument” (HED) with essential instrumentation. An international user consortium, which is being coordinated by HZDR, is contributing to the HIBEF Beamline.
Starting in 2018, investigations under extreme conditions such as high pressure, high temperatures or electromagnetic fields are supposed to be possible here. The knowledge acquired can be used to improve models for the origin of the planets, for example, and offer a foundation for innovations in research on materials and accelerators. The HZDR will provide a facility for the investigation of materials in highest magnetic fields as well as a high-performance laser for ultra-short light pulses that is able to heat up electrons on the surface of materials up to several billion degrees.
- HEMCP: Helmholtz Energy Materials Characterization Platform
Under the coordination of the Forschungzentrum Jülich (FZJ), seven Helmholtz centers are working on construction of the joint Laboratory Platform HEMCP for analysis of new types of energy materials. In addition to HZDR and FZJ, the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB), the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht für Material- und Küstenforschung (HZG), the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) are also involved in the project.
- HEMF: Helmholtz Energy Materials Foundry
The Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin is coordinating construction of the Helmholtz Energy Materials Foundry HEMF. Materials for new technologies in energy conversion and energy storage are to be developed and improved at this international user platform. The HZB is supported in this regard by five project partners: the HZDR, the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the Forschungzentrum Jülich (FZJ), the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht für Material- und Küstenforschung (HZG) and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).
Within the frame of the Helmholtz Roadmap for Research Infrastructures, further outstanding large-scale facilities are to be developed and constructed. In the current version of the roadmap, the HZDR is involved in the following projects:
- ATHENA: Accelerator Technology HElmholtz iNfrAstructure
- HOVER: Helmholtz Research and Experimental Platform for Nuclear Waste Disposal and Dismantling of Nuclear Facilities