Accelerator Test Facility and Synchrotron Radiation Source at KIT

Test Facility and Synchrotron Radiation Source at KIT

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The Test Facility and a Synchrotron Radiation Source at KIT is operated by IBPT (Institute for Beam Physics and Technology). The beam lines and laboratories are operated by the Institute for Photon Science and Synchrotron Radiation (IPS), and Cooperative Research Groups (CRG) at the Institute for Biological Interfaces (IBG), Institute for Solid State Physics (IFP), Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT), Institute for Nuclear Waste Disposal (INE), Institute of Catalysis Research and Technology (IKFT) / Institute for Chemical Technology and Polymer Chemistry (ITCP), and Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research (MPIfF).

Research Fields:


Life science


  • X-ray imaging, UV-CD, IR/THz spectroscopy and microscopy, and BIO-Lab at the synchrotron at KIT, 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


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

User operation
 at the  Karlsruhe Nano Micro Facility (KNMF)
In-situ growth, processing & characterization:
  • NANO-Labs, UHV analytics lab and heavy duty diffractometers at the synchrotron at KIT
  • 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 the synchrotron 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


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