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HZDR Participation 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 the following 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 2019, 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.


  • 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).



  • HESEB: Helmholtz-SESAME Beamline
    The beamline HESEB will be built by the Helmholtz Centers DESY (Coordinator), Forschungszentrum Jülich, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the HZDR at the SESAME Synchrotron in Jordan. It will be the fifth beamline and will produce "soft" X-rays in the energy range between 70 eV and 1800 eV, which is suitable for investigating surfaces and interfaces observing certain chemical and electronic processes as well as for the non-destructive analysis of art objects.

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 project:

Further information to be found in the current Helmholtz Association roadmap brochure (PDF)