Scientists at Forschungszentrum Jülich have access to extensive, highly specialised research infrastructures. Some of them, such as the supercomputers or neutron scattering instruments, are used by teams of scientists from all over the world – Jülich experts are there to assist them.
The Jülich Centre for Neutron Science operates instruments for research with neutrons at top locations in Germany, Europe and all over the world: at Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ) in Garching, Germany, at the ILL High-Flux Reactor in Grenoble, France, and the first megawatt spallation neutron source SNS in Oak Ridge, USA. These instruments are also available to external scientists. In addition, JCNS and international partners are developing several instruments for the future European Spallation Source ESS in Lund, Sweden.
Days, rounded, 2017
The Helmholtz Nano Facility at Forschungszentrum Jülich is the Helmholtz Association’s central technology platform for nanostructures. It serves the research, production and characterisation of nanostructures for information technology. The HNF, which was transferred to an independent division at the beginning of 2017, provides universities, research institutions and those from the industry with free access to know-how and offers resources for the manufacture of structures, devices and circuits through to complex systems. The focus of the work is on resource-friendly “green information technology”.
|Total usage time of all devices in hours||36,960|
individual user projects in 2017
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With the ER-C, Forschungszentrum Jülich and RWTH Aachen University operate a facility for atomic resolution microscopy and spectroscopy with electrons. It is also the first national user centre for high-resolution electron microscopy. It was newly founded as an independent institute at the beginning of 2017. The ER-C houses some of the world’s most advanced electron microscopes and tools for nano-scale characterisation. Universities, research institutes and industry are provided with about 50 per cent of the acquisition time at the ER-C’s five microscopes of the titanium class (CREWLEY, HOLO, PICO, STEM and TEM). This time is allocated by a panel of experts appointed by the German Research Foundation.
publications in peer review journals from the projects running on the HPC systems at the JCS.
The Jülich Supercomputing Centre provides scientists and engineers at Forschungszentrum Jülich and at universities and research institutions in Germany and Europe as well as the industry with computing capacity on supercomputers for solving highly complex problems with simulation calculations. The scientific assessment is carried out by the John von Neumann Institute for Computing.
With the JURECA supercomputer, the JSC had already been operating its first supercomputer consisting of several modules since last year. JUWELS is another, even more powerful modular system that will now replace the Jülich supercomputer JUQUEEN, which was once the fastest supercomputer in Europe.
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The imaging procedures at the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM) are bundled at the Imaging Core Facility. These include various high-quality instruments that provide insights into the brain.
The COSY cooler synchrotron at the Institute of Nuclear Physics provides proton and deuteron beams with a magnetic stiffness between 1 and 11 Tm for internal and external experiments for basic research purposes.
The Jülich Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory offers access to advanced photon-based spectroscopy and microscopy techniques. To this end, the JSRL operates dedicated instruments and beamlines at various synchrotron radiation sources. It provides the framework and expertise for the development of new beamlines and experimental concepts, and is a partner for synchrotron laboratories worldwide.
|Instrumentations||Use for own research||Use for cooperations with external groups|
|Elettra (Triest)||33 %||67%1)|
The Helmholtz Energy Materials Characterization Platform is a decentralised research infrastructure funded by the Helmholtz Association. Under one virtual roof, it combines instruments and analytical methods from seven research institutions for the purpose of materials research specifically for energy technologies.
The Membrane Centre with a floor space of around 1,550 square metres contains a modern, spatially close research infrastructure for the development of membrane systems.
The atmospheric simulation chamber SAPHIR allows for the reproducible analysis of precisely defined atmospheric-chemical mechanisms. Processes in the atmosphere can thus be simulated and analysed. If required, the SAPHIR-PLUS plant chamber supplies a natural mixture of biogenic hydrocarbons for experiments.
|Experiments involving external cooperation partners||88%|
|Total number of experiment days||431)|
Together with Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Forschungszentrum Jülich operates a research platform for biomolecular ultra high-field spectroscopy. The Biomolecular NMR Centre combines a number of high-quality NMRs such as a 900 MHz NMR spectrometer.
|Total usage time of all devices in hours||63,800|
It is the purpose of the multi-method platform to make the extensive and highly diversified methodological expertise in Jülich available to scientists. In particular, the appropriate combination of different methods for scientific analysis should be made simpler in the process.
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