Physics of Nanoscale Systems (ER-C-1) / Microstructure Research (PGI-5)

Development of new procedures for understanding material properties on the atomic level with a special focus on ultrahigh resolution electron microscopy techniques. In the near future, the life sciences will be added as the first new field of application. Furthermore, we enable researchers from science and industry to use our instruments and methods, supported by our experts, and aim to establish a national user facility for the scientific community.

Head: Prof. Rafal Dunin-Borkowski

About us

People

People at ER-C-1

Here you can find an overview of staff and associates at ER-C-1. The Ernst Ruska-Centre offers opportunities for students and scientists to conduct research in fundamental and applied electron microscopy. Students are given access to world-leading instruments and have the opportunity to work with experts in the field during the course of their Bachelor, Master or PhD thesis.

Krios at ER-C

Instruments

The ER-C is one of the word-wide leading institutes for high-resolution electron microscopy and has a long-standing tradition in the development of methods for high-resolution electron microscopy. Under the former direction of Professor Knut W. Urban, aberration correction for electron optics was co-developed here in the 1990s and the very first prototype of an aberration-corrected TEM was installed.

Instruments

User Facility

The ER-C operates a user facility that provides access to state-of-the-art instruments, methods and expertise to universities, research institutions and industry. It is governed jointly by FZJ and RWTH Aachen.

News and Events

FeRAM: Polarisationsordnungen in Hafniumoxid

Towards the Further Miniaturization of FeRAM

Jülich / Aachen, 2 February 2021. Ferroelectric Random Access Memory, or FeRAM for short, offers both working memory and data storage in one. This saves on the time and energy needed by conventional computers to transport data between the two units. In addition, the saved data is retained even without a power supply. The write performance and service life of these components are already outstanding and the first FeRAMs are already in use, for example in chip cards or RFID tags. However, comparatively small amounts of data can as yet be stored on a FeRAM, as the space required for storing individual bits is too large. The latest studies using electron microscopes by scientists at Forschungszentrum Jülich and RWTH Aachen University now indicate a way to reduce the size of FeRAM bits by more than a factor of 100.

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PICO 2021

The Sixth Conference on Frontiers of Aberration Corrected Electron Microscopy is scheduled to take place in spring 2021. Due to ongoing restrictions in connection with the Corona Pandemic, the format might be changed to an online conference. The conference will again address recent advances in methods and applications for the study of solids in condensed matter research and the life sciences by the application of advanced electron microscopy techniques.

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www.er-c.org

Ernst Ruska-Centre The Ernst Ruska-Centre for Microscopy and Spectroscopy with Electrons is a combined development and user facility.

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moreSTEM - Momentum-resolved Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy

In this imaging mode, diffraction patterns are recorded at each raster position of a scanning electron beam in an electron microscope.

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ESTEEM3

ESTEEM3 – Enabling Science and Technology through European Electron Microscopy – is an EU funded project for electron microscopy, which aims at providing access to leading European state-of-the-art electron microscopy research infrastructures.

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3D MAGIC

This European Research Council Synergy project aims at studying three-dimensional magnetic solitons with high temporal and spatial resolution, bringing together experts on magnetic imaging, magnetic manipulation, theory and device applications.