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We usually assume that The Great Unknown lies somewhere near the poles, or deep in the jungle or elsewhere in the universe.

But in fact much of it lies in things we can hold in our hands: in magnets and crystals and cells, and in future materials that we have barely learnt to make, like superconductors, nano engines, quantum computers.
These things are full of mysteries. To unravel them is the task of the scientists and engineers at HZB. These things are also very small. The only way to look at them is with really big machines.

Some of those are being built at HZB right now.
These are their stories.


featured projects

#hzbNEAT • The Path of the Neutron

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#BESSY • The ideal microscope for space and time

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#hzbHFM • Building the Strongest Magnet­ in the World of Neutron Scattering

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latest episodes

  • #hzbNEAT

    What NEAT sees best

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    authored 4 days ago:

    Ready, steady, research!

    There you go: The NEAT-Upgrade is finished! Well, the sample environment still needs to be installed and the NEAT team wants to add a polariser for more detailed analyses (more about it later in this episode) but the first experiments has been done. Now, it is time to get in touch with the instrument, in order to learn how it works in practice.Therefore, Gerrit and his colleagues used vanadium and …

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  • #BESSY

    business as (un)usual

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    authored 5 days ago:

    Protein structure: Reality check

    The computergame fold.it is a very successful citizen science project to inquire the complicated structures of proteins. But It can propose some protein structures, "in silico", which are not found in the real world. Summerstudent Rafal, who worked in the MX-team during summer, told me: "fold.it is fine, and I am sure that such simulations will become better in the future. But the reality check …

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  • #hzbHFM

    Inside matter(s)

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    authored 6 months ago:

    lichtblick Porträt über Annika Bande

    Forschung ist das Bahnen neuer Wege. Im etablierten Wissenschaftssystem ist das allerdings manchmal …

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  • #hzbEMIL

    A day at EMIL

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    authored 6 months ago:

    The future is left to us!

    As I left EMIL, I could not stop from reflecting to Núria’s words and wonder: how is it possible that part of the World’s population still refuses to accept that the World’s primary energy demand increases and the Climate Change is getting worse, regardless of the fact that researchers and environmentalists work non-stop to tackle these problems? How many more fancy machines and lab equipment do …

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