16.2 million Euros for neutron and positron research

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has given 13.5 million Euros to fund a number of projects at the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ). The projects are to be realized by ten different universities over the next three years, including seven projects at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). The Ministry has also given...[more]


VDI-TUM meeting about high performance materials - registration still open

The deadline for registering at the experts meeting of Technical University of Munich and German Engineering Association (VDI) is approaching. This workshop (in German language!) is about high performance materials in use on 15th September 2016. Registration is open until September 4th.


Neutron scattering using marsh mallows

Physics can also taste very sweet – this is one of the things that the pupils from grade 3 of the elementary school Garching Ost learned during their visit at the Research Neutron Source Heinz Maier-Leibnitz. They made an atom model from toothpicks and marsh mallows and tried their abilities as neutron scatterers at a neutron ball toss. [more]


Batteries and Fuel Cells: Energy Research with Neutrons

More than 90 energy researchers from around the world now came to the conference “Neutrons For Energy” in Bad Reichenhall to discuss current results and questions from various areas of energy research with neutrons.[more]


Software TAKIN makes scientists’ life easier

According to Wikipedia, a TAKIN is a goat-like mammal in Asia. Quite different at FRM II: here it is a new and extremely useful software that Tobias Weber, Robert Georgii and Prof. Peter Böni of the MIRA group developed specifically for working with three-axis spectrometers.   Three-axis spectrometers are standard instrumentation of...[more]


Existence of Weak Electromagnons Verified with Neutrons

Researchers at the Jülich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS) together with German and international partners have for the first time unequivocally detected weak electromagnons by means of neutron scattering. Their studies of hübnerite single crystals (chemical formula: MnWO4) have established a further building block towards a better understanding...[more]


Novel state of matter: Observation of a quantum spin liquid

A novel and rare state of matter known as a quantum spin liquid has been empirically demonstrated in a monocrystal of the compound calcium-chromium oxide. What is remarkable about this discovery is that according to conventional understanding, a quantum spin liquid should not be possible in this material. First neutron measurements for this study...[more]


Contamination with germanium-68

When transporting waste, which contained the radioactive germanium-68, employees of the company isotope technology Garching (itg) lost a small amount of fluid through a leaky lid of the transport container at the site of the FRM II in the evening of July 25. All affected areas of the transportation route were blocked off for security reasons,...[more]


New thimbles, plates and beam plug

Since July 20, the FRM II again delivers neutrons. In the break, employees have finished many tasks: They exchanged the beam plug, which will guide neutrons towards the neutron guide hall east for new instruments. In addition, other maintenance works were carried out as the exchange of thimble tubes in the moderator tank. [more]


Neutrons observe the effects of Alzheimer's peptides

Using neutrons, scientists have revealed a possible cause of Alzheimer's disease. During recent experiments carried out on the instrument TOFTOF at Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum in Garching and two spectrometers at the ILL in Grenoble, they observed an altered mobility of the lipids in model cell membranes with the presence of amyloid-β. This...[more]