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ANKA is the Synchrotron Radiation Facility at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

With the opening of ANKA in March 2003, Karlsruhe joined the exclusive club of some 50 cities worldwide that maintain and develop their own synchrotron light source for the benefit of an international user community. As a large scale facility of the Helmholtz Association of National Research Centers ANKA is part of the national and European infrastructure offered to scientific and commercial users for performing excellent science and relevant technological development.
ANKA provides an unique combination of beamlines and labs for specific science fields


 

 

Research Fields:

Life science

LarvaBones

  • X-ray imaging, UV-CD, IR/THz spectroscopy and microscopy, and BIO-Lab at ANKA, and access to the European Zebrafish Resource Center (EZRC) at KIT
  • 4D in-vivo imaging of organisms, hierarchical and correlated imaging of organisms, tissues, cells and scaffolds
    -> Phenotype atlases for genetics, biofilms, nanotoxicology, tissue engineering, zoology (insects)
 Actinide Research
Actinide Actinide
  • Dedicated beamline (2-60 keV) & labs at KIT and (European) Institute for Transuranium Elements
    -> Nuclear waste disposal: reduction of radiotoxicity, radionuclide immobilization, actinide (geo)chemistry
 Environmental Research

 SUL-X

Environmental Geochemistry and Microbiology:

Distribution and speciation of key elements like S, Cr, Se, As, Sb, W, Tl, Pb in e.g. mine wastes, airborne particles, water, food chain and biological tissue; strategic resources, pollutant retention strategies
-> Synchrotron environmental laboratory: dedicated multi-method X-ray beamline (2-20 keV, variable beam focus), IR-microscope station

 

Nanosciences and Microtechnologies
3D dislocation

Joint user operation
of ANKA & Karlsruhe Nano Micro Facility (KNMF)
In-situ growth, processing & characterization:
  • NANO-Labs, UHV analytics lab and heavy duty diffractometers at ANKA
  • Labs for laboratory analytics and micro-structuring techniques at KNMF
Materials Research and Catalysis
Material Research Material Research

In-situ and operando characterization
  • Scattering, spectroscopy, Materials for Energy Lab, Catalysis Lab at ANKA and Catalysis Center at KIT
    -> Materials for Energy: batteries, OLEDs, photovoltaics, photoelectrochemistry
    -> Catalysis: exhaust gas after treatment, energy related applications (synthetic and bio-fuels, energy storage materials, methane oxidation etc.)
    -> Materials for Transportation: properties of lightweight materials under load
Applied Science & Transfer to Economy
Wafer electromigration
  • Measuring and testing services
    -> In-situ process characterization (sputtering, laser processing, micro fluidics, hard coatings)
    -> Defect recognition, failure analysis
  • LIGA micro fabrication
  • X-ray imaging optics detectors, methods
    -> Homeland security, non-destructive testing, medical applications
 

Developments:

Component development

Components development

Component Developments

  • 2D Detectors: high-resolution cameras, high-Z sensors, single-photon counting pixel array detectors
  • X-ray optics: condensers, CRLs, gratings, Bragg magnifiers
  • Accelerator technology: low-a mode, SC-IDs, ultra-short bunches, beam diagnostics
 Instrumentation highlights
  • Actinide Research:
    at up to 1e6 x the radioactive exemption limits
  • Lithography:
    LIGA technology developed at KIT, certified by ISO9001:2008, highest aspect ratio worldwide (Wallrabe et al.,Comprehensive Microsystems Vol.1, Elsevier, 2008)
  • IMAGE:
    UFO: ultrafast computed tomography, BIO-MIC: in-UHV cryo microscope (5-11 keV), MIQA (2016): hard X-ray microscope (20-50 keV)
  • NANO:
    Fully equipped for in-situ growth studies (PLD, MBE, MOVPE, sputter deposition, laser processing …)
  • X-SPEC (2016):
    soft and hard (90 eV - 15 keV) X-ray and electron spectroscopy, in-situ and operando studies