Dr. René Heller

Head Ion Beam Analysis
Phone: +49 351 260 3617

Ion Beam Analysis

Applied ion beam analysis makes use of ion beams for materials, structural and radionuclide analysis. Experimental and theoretical studies of interactions of ions with solids including energy-loss, straggling, and charge-state distributions are part of our research. We further develop and improve technology for high-resolution ion beam analysis in terms of energy resolution as well as in terms of lateral resolution.

We closely collaborate with other divisions within our institute and contribute to the work of many external groups at universities, other research centres, industrial research institutes and companies. Most of our applied research topics are interdisciplinary.

PIXE-PIGE ©Copyright: Dr. Merchel, Silke
NRA ©Copyright: Dr. Merchel, Silke

Current research topics

  • Ion beam analysis with highest lateral resolution / Ion beam analysis within a Helium ion microscope
  • In-situ ion beam analysis and ion beam analysis under enviromental conditions
  • Combining differnt thechniques of ion beam analysis in unique experiments
  • Accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS)


Foto: ERD ©Copyright: Dr. Silke Merchel

Available Ion Beam Analysis methods

Information on the methods available at HZDR's Ion Beam Cen­ter

Group information:

Group members - Ion Beam Analysis

Current and former IBA group members

Publications - Ion Beam Analysis

Current publications that have emerged from user experiments and collaborations with our group.


Dr. René Heller

Head Ion Beam Analysis
Phone: +49 351 260 3617