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The Instruments of Cutting-Edge Research

Scientists at Forschungszentrum Jülich have access to state-of-the-art instruments and large-scale facilities. Some of these, such as the supercomputers or the neutron scattering instruments, are used by teams of scientists from all over the world – experts at Jülich provide them with professional advice and support.

Jülich Multi-Method Platform

Forschungszentrum Jülich works with the best partners in science and industry to develop, set up and operate these methods and instruments as user facilities to provide internal and external researchers with world class infrastructures. Especially the combination of know-how in HPC for simulation and data sciences with analytical methods available at Jülich is quite unique and offers exceptional possibilities. Therefore, the Jülich Multi-Method Platform strives to integrate multi method analysis more deeply into research by: online methodological training, online identification of optimal methods, access to the distributed method expertise, combined measurement time proposals.  Jülich Multi-method Platform (PDF, 501 kB)
Blick in das Reinraumzentrum in der HNF

Helmholtz Nano Facility (HNF)

The Helmholtz Nano Facility (HNF) at the Forschungszentrum Jülich forms the central technological platform for nanoelectronics with an emphasis on "green microchips/computing" in the Helmholtz Association. It comprises a network of facilities, processes and systems for research, production and characterisation of nano and atomic structures for information technology. The HNF facilitates broad access to these technologies for universities, research institutions, industry and the direct transfer of knowledge to society.

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Schematische Darstellung des PET-Zentrums

PET Centre for Brain Research

A PET Centre for brain research has been established on campus at Jülich. Here, scientists investigate the structure and function of the healthy and diseased human brain and develop methods of diagnosing and treating neurological and psychiatric disorders. They use the latest procedures and techniques in the field of imaging as well as for fabricating and applying highly specific radiopharmaceuticals and contrast media.

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Researchers from all disciplines make use of supercomputers in order to discover how the climate is changing, how proteins are folded in cells, how new semiconductors function or how fuel cells can be improved. Jülich’s approach is to provide a system of complementary computers with a suitable platform for all applications. With JUGENE, researchers have Europe's first petaflop computer at their disposal: it has a performance of one trillion computing operations per second. JUROPA and HPC-FF are high-performance computers particularly designed to meet the requirements of fusion research in Europe.

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ESS Competence Centre

Neutron scattering gives us unique insights into matter for basic research and application-oriented research. The world’s most powerful neutron source – the ESS European Spallation Source in Lund – is planned to go into operation in southern Sweden in 2019. Jülich will be part of it. The ESS Competence Centre has been coordinating Jülich’s contributions to the design of the facility and measuring stations since 2011.

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Forschen an den physikalischen Grenzen der Optik

Ernst Ruska-Centrum for Microscopy and Spectroskopy with Electrons

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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Jülich Centre for Neutron Science

The Jülich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS) operates instruments at the national and international leading sources FRM II, ILL and SNS under a common scientific objective. It provides the external users with access to world class instruments under standardized conditions at the neutron source best suited for their respective experiments. JCNS provides a frame for the well recognized method and instrument development program of Forschungszentrum Jülich and for its in-house research in the condensed matter and key technology programmes.

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Der 900-Mhz-NMR-Spektrometer auf dem Jülicher Campus ermöglicht es Wissenschaftlern der Universität Düsseldorf und des Forschungszentrums, das Aussehen von Proteinen Atom für Atom analysieren und ihre Wirkweisen im Körper genauestens studieren: Manche Proteine spielen bei der Vermehrung von Viren eine Rolle oder stehen im Verdacht, direkt schädlich zu wirken, wie etwa das Alzheimer-Amyloid. Das Messgerät gehört zu den weltweit empfindlichsten seiner Art.

Innenansicht der Jülicher Atmosphärenkammer SAPHIR


The large atmosphere simulation chamber SAPHIR provides a platform for reproducible studies of well-defined atmospheric-chemical mechanisms. SAPHIR is well suited to examine the atmospheric degradation of biogenic and anthropogenic trace gases and the build-up of secondary particles and pollutants. The plant Chamber SAPHIR-PLUS situated under SAPHIR allows feeding a natural blend of biogenic trace gases into SAPHIR. Thus, the atmospheric fate of biogenic emissions in the atmosphere can be studied in detailed.

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Das 'Schweizer Taschenmesser' der Nanoelektronik


Jülich scientists are exploring nanometre-sized components for a pioneering and energy-efficient information technology using the globally unique "nano-spintronics cluster tool". This tool was developed and planned at Jülich. It allows nanocomponents to be fabricated, imaged and investigated in an ultrahigh vacuum. Jülich researchers use this tool to develop electronic components that exploit the principle of spintronics – that is to say, an electron's spin – and employ it for information processing.



A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner with a field strength of 9.4 tesla – that's approximately 200,000 times stronger than the Earth's magnetic field – coupled with a positron emission tomograph (PET) is enabling scientists at Jülich to take a more detailed look into the brain than ever before. The hybrid device provides high-resolution images of the brain structure which simultaneously show the functional activities occurring in the healthy and diseased brain. The device enables scientists for the first time to simultaneously analyse the structure and function of the brain down to the molecular level.

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COSY - Beschleunigerhalle

COSY - Accelerator

COSY is a cooler synchrotron and storage ring for protons in the momentum range between 600 and 3700 MeV/c. Protons with the desired energy are available for experiments with the circulating beam as well as for experiments with the extracted beam. "COSY" is an abbreviation of "COoler SYnchrotron", i.e. an accelerator for "cold" particles. COSY is a 180 m closed loop vacuum tube. Its shape is a ring into which two 40 m straight sections are inserted at opposite locations.

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