ANKA is the synchrotron light source 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 is the synchrotron facility at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). 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.
KIT runs the synchroton light source ANKA as a large scale facility as a part of the scientific infrastructure of the Helmholtz Association (Helmholtzgemeinschaft Deutscher Forschungszentren HGF). Its mission is to
- run ANKA as a national synchrotron facility of the HGF providing measuring conditions suitable for international competition for the sake of the national and European science community
- develop ANKA’s in-house research in the scope of the scientific fields of the HGF programs, the KIT focuses and the KIT centers, always guided by international standards of quality
- contribute to the development of up-to-date technologies for the third and fourth generation of synchrotron light sources and to decisively expedite research sections such as superconducting undulators and particle accelerator based THz technologies
- combine bot KIT missions (university and large-scale research) via ANKA’s research and education program; e.g. through teaching, internships and research regarding particle acceleration physics, generation and use of photons as well as through the promotion of young scientists via PhD programs or young investigator groups.
- Given the fact that from 2012 on only three national German synchrotron sources remain, with the current extension of ANKA the KIT creates an excellent basis for its long-term commitment to the provision of synchrotron radiation, partly by the distinguishing combination of complementary techniques.
- In the process ANKA focuses its instrumentation, user support and in-house-research on specific research fields (respectively fields of application) and within these fields aims at strategic relevance for the respective national and international user communities as well as for the KIT itself.
- Research fields:
- Actinide Science with SR-radiation (incl. „hot cells“, handling of radioactive samples),
- IR- and THz-spectroskopy, microscopy and technology,
- LIGA technology, incl. corresponding processing and production of micro parts,
- Nano- and micro structure characterization,
- Life science and bio interfaces (excluding X-ray structural research),
- Catalysis research (in situ observation of reactions),
- Development of superconducting undulators,
- Development of new radiation sources for the THz and IR spectrum together with suitable experimentation facilities.
- ANKA deliberately uses the locational advantage of ANKA and its embedment in the evolving Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in order to position itself as a competitive constant in European benchmarking, therefore intensively participating in other user platforms such as the Karlsruhe Nano Micro Facility (KNMF).