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The “Heidelberg-Karlsruhe Research Partnership” (HEiKA) was established as a scientific institution intended to raise the long-standing cooperation between Heidelberg University and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology to a higher qualitative and quantitative level. Within HEiKA both partners bundle their competences in specific research areas, so-called Research Bridges, in order to promote synergy in research and infrastructure.



Cooperation with the Tomsk Polytechnic University is within the mission of the Ioffe-Röntgen-Institute , which serves as a strategic platform both to intensify Russian-German research cooperation, particularly using large-scale infrastructures, and to install and improve tools and instruments for joint projects and initiatives. Central fields of mutual interest are accelerator- based photon science, research with neutrons, hadron- and heavy-ion physics, nano-, bio-, and materials for energy as well as large-scale data management.

Virtual Institute X-ray Mathods in Material Science

Helmholtz Virtual Institute: New X-ray analytic methods in material science (VI-NXMM)

The "Virtual Institute New X-ray analytical Methods in Material science (VI-NXMM)" is a cooperation of eight real research institutes based at two Helmholtz-institutions, two German universities and a Swiss research institution. In total 39 scientists cooperate in the virtual institute. The Virtual Institute will develop and implement novel X-ray analytical methods for the materials sciences based on differential phase-contrast and dark-field imaging techniques, utilising both synchrotron and conventional X-ray sources. A key requirement is a spatial resolution in the sub-100 nm region at energies around 10 keV. Applications will include the study of materials such as fibre-based composites, lightweight alloys and battery materials.


The LA³NET network is built around 17 early stage researchers working on dedicated projects to research and develop a complete spectrum of laser-based applications for accelerators. The network presently consists of an international consortium of more than 30 partner organizations including universities, research centres and private companies working in this field. The project provides a wide ranging training programme comprising schools, workshops and an international conference. Most of these events will be open to external delegates and it will also be possible for additional 'adjunct' partners from around the world to join this initiative. LA³NET is part of the FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) scheme.

SIDAM is a European Commission project within the SEVENTH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME ICT-1-3.1 : Next generation nanoelectronics components and electronics integration. The project gathers partners from different European countries: Jordan Valley Semiconductors Ltd.(United Kingdom), the Universities of Durham (United Kingdom), Dublin City (Ireland), Freiburg (Germany), CEIT San Sebastian (Spain), and the ANKA synchrotron, Karlsruhe (Germany). The aim of the project is to discover how to derive quantitative, predictive information from X-ray Diffraction Imaging (XRDI), enabling a breakthrough metrology of wafer inspection. The outcome of this research will offer a competitive advantage at several levels to those members of the European Semiconductor Industry who agree to join the Industrial Advisory Board. European wafer manufacturers will have early access to a technique that reveals the nature of the defects in the wafers and their relevance to semiconductor device fabrication.