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authored 3 years ago:

Why Sharc25 and Swing need a SISSY

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Physicists love smart abbreviations, which are sometimes quite misleading. So Sharc25 is not about fish and Swing has nothing to do with a swing in the garden. Both acronyms stand for international research projects on thin film solar cells, which are now financed by EU Horizon 2020. HZB scientist Marcus Bär, who leads the HZB contribution to these projects, will do part of his work at SISSY, which is a lab complex at EMIL.

But what does SISSY stand for? Some of the older Germans might remember Romy Schneider, an actress, who got famous playing the young Austrian empress “Sissi” in a kitschy film-trilogy seen by millions. But the English speaking world might have other associations and wonder why we chose such a rather depreciating acronym.

But they are all wrong: SISSY stands for “Solar Energy Materials In-Situ Spectroscopy at the Synchrotron”. This lab is not for the faint hearted but for the brave, exploring the unknown depths of materials. It provides a variety of high tech tools under ultra vacuum conditions, allowing to analyze and observe processes inside energy materials, as studied in Sharc 25 and Swing.

And if you need to know more about the two thin film solar cell projects, which are promising to give European industry a new boost, please have a look at this news on the HZB Website here:

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  • authored 3 years ago:

    please stay tuned, you can use EMIL and its multiple instruments for your scientific projects. It will open probably next year for user service.

  • authored 3 years ago:

    "It provides a variety of high tech tools under ultra vacuum conditions, allowing to analyze and observe processes inside energy materials"

    Wow. That is Really, Really cool. It would be great if you could take the data and make 4-dimensional simulations of these internal processes so that people could use them as teaching tools. Personally, I would be very interested to see such things.