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Simulation Sciences

Together with theory and experiment, computer simulations form the third pillar of research work. They allow us to obtain insights and knowledge that has been previously inaccessible for physical, technical, financial or ethical reasons. Scientists use supercomputers to investigate the atmosphere and climate, biologically important substances, basic material properties and also chemical processes that cannot be recreated in the laboratory. In doing so, they profit from the continuously increasing computing capacity of the Jülich supercomputers. In this way, researchers will be able to study more complex processes and structures in future.

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Scattering Methods

Neutron Research

Neutron research is a key technology for many fields of science and permits an unusual glimpse into the interior of matter. It is therefore one of the central tools in both modern materials science and the life sciences. Neutron research helps to develop the of tomorrow, or to decipher biological processes of drugs. To this end, Jülich researchers work at the world’s most powerful neutron sources.

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Electron microscopy: The Ernst Ruska Centre

With the Ernst Ruska Centre (ER-C), Forschungszentrum Jülich and RWTH Aachen University operate a centre of excellence for atomic-resolution electron microscopy and spectroscopy on the highest international level.

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Hadron Research: What Holds the World Together

The new accelerator centre FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research) in Darmstadt will provide novel insights into the structure of matter and evolution of the universe for research with antiprotons and ion beams. Within the billion-euro project, Forschungszentrum Jülich is responsible for construction of the high-energy storage ring (HESR) and will contribute its know-how in handling protons and antiprotons as well as its experience with accelerator and hadron physics from the COSY accelerator at Jülich. Physicists hope to acquire new insights about processes between elementary particles, such as quarks and gluons.

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Menschliches Protein


Die Strukturbiologie beschäftigt sich mit der Struktur, Funktion und den molekularen Mechanismen biologisch und medizinisch relevanter Moleküle, vor allem Proteine, die für das Verständnis der dem Leben zugrunde liegenden Mechanismen wichtig sind. Dies betrifft alle Ebenen vom Molekül über Organellen, Zellen, Geweben bis hin zum Organismus. Jülicher Wissenschaftler entschlüsseln zudem die Signalwege in Sinnes- und Nervenzellen und untersuchen die molekularen Schalt- und Transporteigenschaften der beteiligten Ionenkanäle und Rezeptoren.

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