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Key Technologies for Information and Brain Research

The central key technologies that Forschungszentrum Jülich develops, uses for its own research areas, and makes available to other scientific institutions include simulation science, research with neutrons, electron microscopy, and hadron research.

JUQUEEN in der Rechnerhalle des Jülich Supercomputing Centre

Simulations for IT and brain research

Simulations on supercomputers of the highest performance class are indispensable for investigating complex physical and mechanical effects in the nanometre or quantum range which could be exploited for novel technologies in data processing and storage. They also play a vital role in understanding the complex processes in the human brain. This is relevant for the diagnosis and treatment of brain diseases.

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Das Elektronenmikroskop PICO

Materials research for new information technologies

Jülich scientists investigate elements and material components on an atomic level in order to optimize existing technologies and lay the foundation for new ones. The aim is to understand the behaviour of materials on the nanoscale and to exploit their properties for specific applications by means of selective design.

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Tools for Brain Research

Imaging techniques and methods are now standard tools for modern brain research. Scientists use various tomographic methods such as MRI, f-MRI, PET, and MR-PET to examine the structure of the healthy and diseased brain and its metabolic processes in great detail and to make them visible. The aim is to understand the functions and processes in the human brain and thus to identify diseases at the earliest possible stage and to treat them successfully.

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