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blue phosphorus

Blue Phosphorus – Mapped and Measured for the First Time

Until recently, the existence of "blue" phosphorus was pure theory: Now an HZB team was able to examine samples of blue phosphorus at BESSY...
Electronic processes

Electronic Processes Observed During Catalysis with Novel X-Ray Spectroscopy Method

An international team has achieved a breakthrough at BESSY II. For the first time, they were able to study electronic processes on a transition metal...
Magnetotactic bacteria

Bacteria with a Magnetism Sense

Bacteria exist in many shapes and with very different talents. Magnetotactic bacteria can even sense the earth’s magnetic field by making use of magnetic...
solar to hydrogen

Solar–To-Hydrogen Conversion: Nanostructuring Increases Efficiency of Metal-Free Photocatalysts by Factor Eleven

One of the major challenges of the energy transition is to supply energy even when the sun is not shining. Hydrogen production by splitting...
solid state physics

40-Year Controversy in Solid-State Physics Resolved

Samarium hexaboride is a dark solid with metallic properties at room temperature. It hosts Samarium, an element having several electrons confined to localized f...
solar cells

Perovskite Solar Cells: Perfection Not Required!

Experiments at BESSY II reveal why even inhomogeneous perovskite films are highly functional Metal-organic perovskite layers for solar cells are frequently fabricated using the spin...
soft x-ray

New Method for Investigating Nanoparticles with Soft X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy at...

Nanoparticles are really tiny, only a fraction of a micrometer or some nanometers in size. And only some thousands of molecules strong, their properties...
magnetic storage

HZB Scientists Discovering Future IT

HZB scientists have identified a mechanism with which it may be possible to develop a form of magnetic storage that is faster and more...
Antiferromagnetic

Future IT: Antiferromagnetic Dysprosium Reveals Magnetic Switching with Less Energy

HZB scientists have identified a mechanism with which it may be possible to develop a form of magnetic storage that is faster and more...
graphene

Three-dimensional Graphene: Experiment at Bessy II Shows That Optical Properties Are...

Carbon is a very versatile element. It not only forms diamonds, graphite, and coal, but can also take a planar form as a hexagonal...
Lithium-Sulphur-Batteries

Better Cathode Materials for Lithium-Sulphur-Batteries

At present, lithium batteries are one of the best solutions for storing electrical power in a small space. Lithium ions in these batteries migrate...
catalysts

Finding and Understanding Low Cost Catalysts: It All Comes down to...

Catalysts can accelerate chemical reactions, while remaining unchanged. They are necessary for many reactions – including if you want to split water into hydrogen...
magnetic monopoles

New Combinations of Materials for Producing Magnetic Monopoles

An international collaboration at BESSY II has discovered a new method to inscribe exotic magnetic patterns such as magnetic monopoles into thin ferromagnetic films....
magnetic monopoles

New Combinations of Materials for Producing Magnetic Monopoles

Magnetic patterns such as monopoles or skyrmions (stable vortices) are promising options for fast and energy efficient data storage. However obtaining and manipulating such...
proteins

Advancing Methodology at Bessy II: Automated Evaluation Speeds up the Search...

The search for new substances that are effective against a disease is like the first step in cracking a high-security lock: the active substance...
storage densities

New Effect During Laser Induced Switching of Bits for Higher Storage...

The storage capacity of hard drives has grown steadily for decades. Now, she comes up against limits that are dictated by the laws of...
organic molecules

Soft Decoupling of Organic Molecules on Metal

Specific organic molecules – typically on reactive metallic surfaces – can interlink via chemical bond formation into extended nanostructures. Highly stable two-dimensional molecular networks...
superconductivity

Coexistence of superconductivity and charge density waves observed

Physicists at BESSY II studied an artificial structure composed of alternating layers of ferromagnetic and superconducting materials. Charge density waves induced by the interfaces were found to extend deeply into the superconducting regions, indicating new ways to manipulate superconductivity. The results are now being published in Nature Materials.