Welcome to the Laboratory for Applications of Synchrotron Radiation (LAS) at KIT
The Laboratory for Applications of Synchrotron Radiation (LAS) (German: Laboratorium für Applikationen der Synchrotronstrahlung) develops technologies and methods for the investigation of structural and functional relationships in biological systems, condensed matter and functional materials, using synchrotron radiation.
Key areas of research and development activities at LAS are:
- X-ray scattering and X-ray diffraction, especially applied to thin-films, interfaces and nanostructures
- X-ray imaging and X-ray diffraction imaging for the life-sciences and materials research
- Development of novel accelerator technologies for the production of synchrotron radiation
- Investigation of the lattice dynamics of nanoscale materials
Our research projects also involve active collaboration partners from within Europe and further afield.
In addition LAS promotes the education and training of students and young scientists by offering lecture courses, tutorials, practicals and thesis projects in those areas of materials research and synchrotron technology pursued within the Laboratory.
The Laboratory is based at the south campus of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology but is extensively involved in the development and use of the synchrotron radiation source ANKA at KIT north-campus. It is also a major user of other synchrotron radiation sources worldwide, for example the ESRF, DESY, ALS and APS.