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Laboratory for applications of synchrotron radiation

Postal address:
KIT Campus South
Kaiserstr. 12
D-76131 Karlsruhe

Geb. 30.45 (6. OG)
Engesser Straße 15
D-76131 Karlsruhe

(+49) 721 / 608-28535
(+49) 721 / 608-43320
- during semester breaks only by appointment -

(+49) 721 / 608-47264

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Tilo Baumbach
Director of LAS

Prof. Dr. Tilo Baumbach

Anke-Susanne Müller LAS
Professor for Accelerator Physics

Prof. Dr. Anke-Susanne Müller

Vorlesungsbeginn im WS 2016/17


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:

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.



A New Crystal Experience

A new, very generally applicable imaging approach provides not only three-dimensional information about complex arrangements of dislocations inside monocrystals, but also allows us to investigate precisely the behavior and role of all the individual defects during plastic deformation process. Based on this methodology, we are able to shed new light on the mechanisms involved in the thermally induced plastic deformation of silicon wafers, the understanding and prediction of which is crucial for semiconductor processing in the context of present and future scientific and industrial applications.

November 2017

Dynamics of laser-excited gold nanorods

Time-resolved X-ray scattering with 100 picosecond time resolution shows laser-induced dynamics of gold nanorods, which are an attractive tool for biophotonics.

November 2017

The nanoislands are completely isolated (left) or adjoining each other (right).
Phonon nanoengineering: Vibrations of nanoislands dissipate heat more effectively

Europium silicide has for some time attracted the attention of scientists. Recognized as being promising for electronics and spintronics, this material has recently been submitted by a team of physicists from Poland, Germany and France to comprehensive studies of the vibrations of its crystal lattice.

March 2017

Tuning of Frequency-comb emitted in a Synchrotron Storage Ring Paves the Way to Novel Ultra-high Resolution Spectroscopy Applications
Tuning of Frequency-comb emitted in a Synchrotron Storage Ring Paves the Way to Novel Ultra-high Resolution Spectroscopy Applications

KIT-IBPT researchers show the potential of tuning the emitted frequency comb at accelerator based light-sources at ANKA which enables new ultra-high resolution spectroscopy and metrology applications from the terahertz to the X-ray region.

October, 2016

Graduiertenforum Morphologie 2016
9. Graduiertenforum der Fachgruppe Morphologie

LAS at is hosting this year's "Graduiertentreffen der Fachgruppe Morphologie"
Register now!

August, 2016

A new Phenomenon in an old Material: Giant Spin-Phonon Interaction Unveiled in EuO

Comprehensive studies of lattice dynamics in the ferromagnetic semiconductor EuO have been performed by a combination of inelastic x-ray scattering, nuclear inelastic scattering, and ab initio calculations.
The results indicate a giant spin-phonon interaction in EuO

May, 2016

X-raying of Fossil Beetles

Scientists discovered well-preserved three-dimensional anatomy in 30-million-year old mineralized beetles at ANKA’s TOPO-TOMO beamline.

February, 2016