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HZDR intensifies its cooperation with the Netherlands

Helmholtz Association


IMAGE: The High Magnetic Field Laboratory at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf will cooperate more closely with its Dutch counterpart, the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory Nijmegen. view more

Credit: Peter Joehnk

On September 26, 2012, the Board of Directors of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) will sign an agreement of cooperation with the President of the Radboud University Nijmegen, Prof. Gerard Meijer, and the Director of the Dutch Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM), Prof. Wim van Saarloos. The objective is to intensify the scientific and technological cooperation in the sectors high magnetic field laboratories and free electron lasers.

Just like the HZDR, Radboud University also possesses a leading international and much frequented high magnetic field laboratory. "The two institutions complement each other really well," says Prof. Joachim Wosnitza, Director of the Dresden laboratory. "While we at the HZDR generate high-pulsed magnetic fields, our colleagues in Nijmegen specialize in static fields." Already for many years now, the scientists of both labs have been cooperating very closely. There are, for example, a joint procedure for the allocation of measurement times, regular meetings, and a number of cooperative projects.

The free electron lasers at the HZDR's radiation source ELBE generate radiation in the infrared range. Combined with the high field of the adjacent high magnetic field laboratory, they can be used by HZDR scientists and guests from abroad wishing to conduct measurements for magneto-optical experiments. So far, this is unique throughout the world. Over the next few years, it will also be possible to combine infrared rays and high magnetic fields for research purposes in Nijmegen. The Dutch scientists and technicians were able to adopt some of the knowledge which is required for the development and assembly of these systems from Dresden.

In the future, the high magnetic field laboratories and laser facilities in Nijmegen and Dresden will intensify the exchange of expertise and technological knowledge between their scientists and cooperate in research projects. "We're looking forward to a very fruitful cooperation with the Dutch university and the support organization FOM," notes the HZDR's Scientific Director, Prof. Roland Sauerbrey.


For more information, please contact:

Prof. Roland Sauerbrey
HZDR's Scientific Director
Phone: +49 351 260 2744 |

Prof. Joachim Wosnitza
Director Dresden High Magnetic Field Laboratory
Phone: +49 351 260-3524 |

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Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf

Bautzner Landstr. 400 | 01328 Dresden | Germany

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) conducts research in the sectors matter, health, and energy. The HZDR research focuses on the following topics:

  • How does matter behave in strong fields and at small-scale dimensions?
  • How can malignant tumors be identified at an early stage and treated effectively?
  • How can resources and energy be used safely and efficiently?

To answer these scientific questions, five large-scale research facilities provide, in part, unique research opportunities. These facilities are also accessible to external users.

The HZDR has been a member of the Helmholtz Association, Germany's largest research organization, since January 1, 2011. It has four locations in Dresden, Leipzig, Freiberg, and Grenoble and employs around 900 people - approx. 400 of whom are scientists including 140 doctoral candidates.

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