Archive of 2013

Dec. 20, 2013
High-pressure X-ray experiments at PETRA III violate textbook rules of chemistry

Salty surprise - ordinary table salt turns into "forbidden" forms

Dec. 19, 2013
Scientists decode serotonin receptor at room temperature

X-ray laser opens up new paths for investigating biomolecules

Dec. 16, 2013
Novel method opens new paths for experiments with heated samples of biological relevance

Scientists from the Hamburg Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL) have devised a novel way to boil water in less than a trillionth of a second. The theoretical concept, which has not ...

Dec. 11, 2013
Measurements at PETRA III shows structural changes in "plastics" solar cells

Solar cell degradation observed directly for the first time

Nov. 21, 2013
X-ray study at PETRA III reveals the formation of iridium trihydride at high pressure

Novel Material Stores Unusually Large Amounts of Hydrogen

Nov. 07, 2013
Inner structure of the Earth's ancient magma ocean revealed at PETRA III

Using the world's most brilliant X-ray source, scientists have for the first time peered into molten magma at conditions of the deep Earth mantle. The analysis at DESY's light source ...

Oct. 11, 2013
High-pressure X-ray study of opto-electronic materials at PETRA III

Research may drive innovations in LED, flat screen, and solar cell technologies

Oct. 04, 2013
The reaction rate of many molecules depends on their shape

Most molecules occur in several shapes, which may behave very differently. Using a sorting machine for molecules, a German–Swiss research team can now for the first time directly measure ...

Oct. 01, 2013
Researchers of the University of Göttingen substantially increased resolution at PETRA III

The world’s sharpest X-ray beam shines at DESY.

Sep. 17, 2013
First FEL seeding in the extreme ultraviolet range at FLASH

Researchers from the University of Hamburg and DESY for the first time have operated DESY´s free-electron laser FLASH in direct seeding mode. By overlapping short, extreme ultraviolet ...

Sep. 26, 2013
Topping-out for new FLASH experimental hall

The building shell of the FLASH II experimental hall is finished.

Aug. 16, 2013
Improved method for orientation determination in single-particle imaging FEL experiments

Single-particle coherent diffraction imaging is one of the promising new techniques for the investigation of biological samples to sub-nanometer resolution. It has become possible only recently ...

Aug. 01, 2013
Hanbury Brown–Twiss interferometry explores SASE radiation at FLASH

The recent advent of x-ray free-electron lasers (FELs) with their unprecedented peak brilliance and ultrashort pulse duration has a revolutionary impact on the development of ...

Jun. 23, 2013
High resolution spectrometer for hard X-ray free-electron laser

Theoretical calculation of diffraction focusing

Aug. 13, 2013
Multi-photon interaction at FLASH lets electrons interfere

The behavior of atoms in strong electromagnetic fields shows often surprisingly complex results. A recent measurement at FLASH carried out by DESY scientists in collaboration ...

May. 13, 2013
Precise real-time study of gold cluster growth during sputter deposition

From gold atoms to gold layers

Apr. 26, 2013
Transport through organic transistors

Make way for electrons!

Apr. 09, 2013
Surprising turn of microscopic particles in capillaries

X-rays reveal unexpected re-orientation

Apr. 16, 2013
Nano-crystals at the interface between two liquids discovered at PETRA III

Liquid on liquid goes solid

Apr. 04, 2013
First successful high-pressure freezing of a virus crystal

Modern X-ray light sources like PETRA III allow scientists to determine atomic structures of very large protein molecules or even whole viruses. However, the intense X-ray radiation also causes ...

Mar. 13, 2013
Insights into silver iodide nanoionics-based resistive switching memories

Electrochemical metallization resistive switching memories are current major candidates for replacing the state-of-the-art dynamic random access memory and non-volatile flash ...

Feb. 22, 2013
Measles Virus Manipulates Immune Receptor

Researchers from Ludwig-Maximilians-University and the Center for Integrated Protein Sciences in Munich, Germany, have uncovered how paramyxoviruses, such as the measles virus, attempt to evade ...

Jan. 30, 2013
Attendant Record at DESY Photon Science and European XFEL Users‘ Meeting

This year’s users’ meeting of DESY photon science and the European X-ray free-electron laser European XFEL set up a new participant record. Roughly 800 attendants came together with other users, ...

Jan. 25, 2013
Relaunch of the DESY Photon Science website

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