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Projects for the Future: Research for the World of Tomorrow

As a member of the Helmholtz Association, the HZDR operates large-scale research facilities which are also available to guests from Germany and abroad wishing to conduct experiments. Part of the large-scale scientific equipment permits new insights into the behavior of matter under extreme conditions; that is, under extremely high temperatures, pressures, and electromagnetic fields as well as intense radiation. This core subject combines the HZDR’s in-house materials science research with the focal points cancer research and energy research; thus, permitting comprehensive research results in an interdisciplinary approach which help solve scientifically and socially relevant problems.

In order to prepare the Helmholtz center in Dresden even better for the future several large building projects are in progress. This creates unique research opportunities for scientists from around the globe.



The objective of the DRESDYN project is the creation of a European platform for dynamo experiments and thermohydraulic studies with fluid sodium – the world’s first precession dynamo. With this facility it will be possible to simulate more realistically, for example, the evolution of the Earth’s magnetic field, the magnetosphere, than it has been possible with today’s propeller-driven dynamo experiments like the one in Riga. These methods will also yield detailed insights into metal melts to develop new liquid-metal batteries for storing energy and to research the safety of the next generation of liquid-metal-cooled nuclear reactors.

Contact: Dr. Gunter Gerbeth

Scientist at the Institute of Radiopharmaceutical Cancer ResearchCenter for Radiopharmaceutical Tumor Research

The Institute of Radiopharmaceutical Cancer Research has been successfully working on the development and testing of radiopharmaceuticals for many years, mainly for the diagnosis of cancer. To consider also new questions, in particular such concerning cancer therapy, the institute's infrastructure is going to be modernized and expanded. In the new building will be room for new laboratories, cleanrooms, and a new cyclotron as well as an area for the small animals' imaging. The building is scheduled for completion in 2017.

Contact: Prof. Jörg Steinbach

Accelerator tunnel at the European XFEL

HIBEF – Helmholtz International Beamline for Extreme Fields

Coordinated by the HZDR, a new experimental facility is built at European XFEL in Hamburg: the Helmholtz International Beamline for Extreme Fields (HIBEF). It will be a key addition to the High-Energy Density Science Instrument (HED) there. By coupling laser light with X-rays and high magnetic fields our laboratory will allow for research under extreme conditions, thus providing a deeper insight into the structure of materials and in very fast natural processes. The results could be used to improve models of planet formation or build the foundation for innovation in materials and accelerator research. HIBEF is part of the "Helmholtz International Beamlines" (HIB), which are funded with a total of almost 30 million euros. The research at HIBEF is scheduled to start in 2018.

Contact: Prof. Thomas Cowan, Dr. Carsten Bähtz

Strahlungsquelle ELBE - aufgenommen von Juergen LoeselCenter for High Power Radiation Sources

With the expansion of the Radiation Source ELBE, a center for high power radiation sources was built between 2009 and 2014. The new constructions are home to a narrow and a broadband terahertz source and to experiments for coupling the high performance laser with the ELBE electron beam. Still under construction is the new petawatt laser system PENELOPE.

Contact: Prof. Thomas Cowan, Prof. Ulrich Schramm, Dr. Peter Michel