Archive of 2021

Dec. 23, 2021
X-ray analysis points way to flexible and transparent magnets

Organic radicals enable new applications and might become a sustainable replacement for rare earths

Dec. 22, 2021
DESY scientist Sadia Bari becomes professor at the University of Groningen

Joint professorship with an international university

Dec. 21, 2021
Covid-19 can cause vascular damage to the heart

Research team uses innovative X-ray imaging technique to provide proof for the first time

Dec. 13, 2021
X-ray view into hydrogen production at PETRA III

Analysis points the way to more durable iridium electrodes

Dec. 07, 2021
X-ray laser reveals how radiation damage arises

Double shot exposes the detailed dynamics of how water molecules break apart

Nov. 29, 2021
Investigation at PETRA III reveals unknown changes in nerve tissue of patients

X-rays throw new light on Alzheimer's

Nov. 19, 2021
Tailoring of isolated attosecond light pulses

Custom-tailored ultra-short flashes will enable transition-specific experiments

Nov. 04, 2021
Quantum Physics in Proteins

Artificial intelligence affords unprecedented insights into how biomolecules work

Oct. 27, 2021
First results from PETRA III beamline P61B: Phase relations of the olivine–ahrensite transition

Using modern multi‑anvil techniques at high temperatures

Oct. 25, 2021
New yttrium carbide with unusual carbon groups was characterised at PETRA III

Novel high-pressure yttrium carbide with unusually large formal charges

Oct. 19, 2021
Atmosphere has strong influence on stability of novel solar cells

Researchers observe the degradation of perovskite solar cells under different inert environments

Oct. 04, 2021
Unprecedented view of a single catalyst nanoparticle at work

X-rays reveal compositional changes on active surface under reaction conditions

Oct. 01, 2021
FLASH2020+: Lucas Schaper Takes Over as Head of the Project

The FLASH2020+ project is DESY’s latest upgrade for the free-electron laser FLASH. Many technological improvements will increase the flexibility of the machine and ...

Sep. 23, 2021
Water protects sensitive molecules from radiation damage

X-ray experiment reveals extremely rapid exchange of energy

Sep. 17, 2021
X-ray insights may enable better plastics production

Analysis helps to understand fragmentation of catalyst particles in ethylene polymerisation

Sep. 15, 2021
Filming antibiotic resistance in Slow-Motion

X-ray laser European XFEL captures rapid reaction of bacterial enzyme

Sep. 08, 2021
Barbara Mez-Starck Prize for Melanie Schnell

DESY researcher honoured for pioneering work in structural chemistry and molecular physics

Sep. 15, 2021
Advanced Scattering Methods Enable to Solve Fifty-Year-Old Conundrum

Hidden Charge Order in an Iron Oxide Square-Lattice Compound

Sep. 06, 2021
Momentum-space signatures of Berry flux monopoles traced in a Weyl semimetal

A team of scientists from the University of Würzburg, Kiel University and DESY and collaborating institutions used PETRA III for their experiments and found a way to ...

Sep. 01, 2021
Extreme conditions in the lab – HIBEF beamline at European XFEL inaugurated

Under the leadership of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) in cooperation with DESY, the Helmholtz International Beamline for Extreme Fields (HIBEF) at the European XFEL ...

Aug. 18, 2021
Table-top electron camera catches ultrafast dynamics of matter

DESY team demonstrates first Terahertz enhanced electron diffractometer

Aug. 12, 2021
Unexpected twist of catalytic nanoparticles

Precise orientation affects shape, size and behaviour

Aug. 11, 2021
New fast compression techniques enable insights into phase transitions in bismuth

An international team of researchers led by DESY and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (US) investigated the influence of compression rate on pressure-induced phase ...

Aug. 05, 2021
Astonishing diversity: Semiconductor nanoparticles form numerous structures

X-ray study reveals how lead sulphide particles self-organise in real time

Aug. 04, 2021
Scientists observe “anti-freezing”

In nickel oxide vibrations increase on cooling

Jul. 29, 2021
CORAERO project: stopping viruses spreading

Helmholtz funds research project to be prepared for future pandemics

Jul. 21, 2021
Novel computational framework streamlines ptychography imaging at FLASH

Microscopic imaging using X-ray free-electron lasers like FLASH enables studies of structural features with a resolution down to a few nanometers and has ...

Jul. 20, 2021
X-ray view of nanostructures

Study reveals formation and self-organisation of materials over multiple length scales

Jul. 08, 2021
Timing molecular structural dynamics both excited and probed by extreme ultraviolet light

A large international collaboration of scientists from the Max-Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics (MPIK) in Heidelberg, DESY, Heidelberg University, University of Münster ...

Jun. 30, 2021
Icy gold mixture

An international team of scientists led by DESY and Yonsei University in Seoul (Korea) has explored new ways of heating high pressure ices in a Diamond Anvil Cell at the X-ray laser PAL XFEL in ...

Jun. 28, 2021
Fresh momentum for cutting-edge research from Germany

Three centres of the Helmholtz Association research in Hamburg (DESY), Berlin (HZB) and Dresden (HZDR) have developed a joint strategy for accelerator-based light sources to strengthen research ...

Jun. 15, 2021
White Paper of the Centre for Molecular Water Science (CMWS) published

More than 45 institutions from Europe and across the globe have joined in an initiative for a new research centre at DESY, unveiling the many secrets of a very common substance: water. Today, ...

Jun. 14, 2021
Laser pulses make nanomaterials sound

Laser-ultrasound decodes the mechanics of nanoporous silicon

Jun. 10, 2021
X-ray flash imaging of laser-induced bubbles and shockwaves in water

Holographic ‘movie’ of bubbles and high-pressure shockwave created by research team at European XFEL

May. 25, 2021
Ultrafast lasers can protect a DNA building block from light-induced dissociation

An international research team led by DESY researcher Francesca Calegari and with the key participation of the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter (MPSD) has ...

May. 20, 2021
Deep oceans dissolve the rocky shell of water planets

High-pressure experiments simulate conditions in extraterrestrial deep seas

May. 17, 2021
A shortcut to promising high-density materials

International group establishes novel high-pressure experiment at the X-ray laser European XFEL

May. 17, 2021
Atomic structure of the type 7 secretion system of the tuberculosis pathogen solved

In a new study, published in Nature, CSSB researchers and international collaborators reveal new insights into the structure of a key system of the tuberculosis pathogen: Type VII secretion ...

May. 07, 2021
Innovation for light sources in Europe

EU project LEAPS-INNOV kicks off online

Apr. 30, 2021
Dance of the molecules

Scientists observe vibrational dynamics of organic acid molecules on iron oxide surface

Apr. 15, 2021
Nanoantennas pave the way to compact petahertz oscilloscopes

Electric fields can be sampled with extreme sensitivity and bandwidth

Apr. 13, 2021
Microscopic origins of electrical conductivity in superheated solids revealed at FLASH

Scientists used terahertz radiation for measurements of strongly excited material

Apr. 02, 2021
DESY X-ray lightsource identifies promising candidates for COVID drugs

Existing active substances bind to key virus protein

Mar. 31, 2021
The egg in the X-ray beam

Innovative time-resolved method reveals network formation by and dynamics of proteins

Mar. 29, 2021
More than 250 scientists met online for the CMWS DAYS 2021

About 275 participants from 19 countries met online from 24th-25th March 2021 for the CMWS DAYS 2021 to discuss the key challenges in molecular water research and the status and future of the ...

Mar. 25, 2021
Unexpected new cubic symmetry in group IV alloys investigated at PETRA III

Conventional routes to synthesis are not required

Mar. 23, 2021
Scientists observe unusual melting of diamond

X-ray laser rips atomic bonds apart in a flash

Mar. 19, 2021
DGK 2021 online conference at DESY attracted very high attendance

29th Annual Conference of the German Crystallographic Society (DGK) online for the first time

Mar. 10, 2021
Bacteria needle under the electron microscope

Researchers watch injectisome of gram-negative bacteria in action for the first time

Mar. 05, 2021
Minerals let Earth's oceans seep down deeper than expected

Amphiboles could carry the volume of the Arctic Ocean into Earth's mantle in 200 million years

Mar. 01, 2021
Sustainable harvesting of electrical energy with nanoporous materials

EU funds research project with participation of Hamburg scientists

Feb. 24, 2021
Direct observation of charge separation in an organic light-harvesting system

Study at FLASH with femtosecond time-resolved X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (TR-XPS)

Feb. 18, 2021
High-pressure experiments provide insight into icy planets

Research team determines compression behaviour of water ice in unprecedented detail

Feb. 15, 2021
Researchers watch nanomaterials growing in real time

For the first time, a team of scientists including from DESY has succeeded in capturing in real time the first few ...

Feb. 08, 2021
Measuring chirps at extremely high frequencies at FLASH

New possibilities for optimising state-of-the-art light sources

Feb. 04, 2021
New combined soft X-ray imaging spectroscopy technique

Scientists develop a new experimental setup for domain-resolved study of quantum materials

Feb. 01, 2021
Quantum beats for zeptosecond timing

A team of scientists is developing high-precision timing for quantum technologies

Jan. 29, 2021
Online user meetings discuss Corona research and future facility developments

Annual conferences of the Hamburg X-ray sources completely digital for the first time

Jan. 26, 2021
Towards ultimate time resolution correlation dynamic studies at PETRA IV

Intrinsic pulse structure of PETRA III allows to measure the nanosecond colloidal dynamics by using X-ray Photon Correlation Spectroscopy

Jan. 25, 2021
Hamburg supports DESY´s large-scale project PETRA IV

The world´s best 3D X-ray microscope is to be located in Bahrenfeld in the future

Jan. 18, 2021
Clocking the movement of electrons inside an atom

Scientists dramatically enhance the achievable resolution at free-electron lasers with a new technique

Jan. 15, 2021
Nanomaterials from a 3D X-ray perspective

A new X-ray technique can be used to produce high resolution images of nanocrystals in real time as they are growing, something that has not been done before. To this end, a team from DESY and ...

Jan. 11, 2021
A clear path to better insights into biomolecules

Research team generates ultra-precise 3D images at the X-ray laser European XFEL

Jan. 04, 2021
Exploding water jet in X-ray beam

X-ray laser sheds light on ultrafast processes in physics, biology and material sciences