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The Ernst Ruska-Centre (ER-C) for Microscopy and Spectroscopy with Electrons is a national user facility open to universities, research institutions and research laboratories in industry. Operational services of the ER-C are based on the guiding principle, that external users are accompanied by experienced scientists and technical support staff. The Ernst Ruska-Centre is run conjointly by two institutions, the Institute of Microstructure Research at Jülich Research Centre and the Central Facility for Electron Microscopy at RWTH Aachen University. The facility is located on the campus of the Jülich Research Centre, part of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres.

The scientific expertise provided by both institutions associated with the ER-C is of immense benefit to users seeking solutions to complex research problems. Staff scientists in Jülich are active on various different research fields: advanced analytical and high-resolution electron microscopy techniques are applied in the areas of electroceramics, oxide superconductors, spintronic materials, semiconductors and complex metallic alloys. The scientific research covers current issues in condensed matter physics, nanoelectronics and information technology and – as a matter of course – in the future development of sub-ångström and sub-electronvolt microscopy.

The Ernst Ruska-Centre houses some of the world's most advanced electron microscopes and tools for nanocharacterisation: several of them have been funded by the German Research Foundation and the Helmholtz Association. These instruments are available to outside users: the ER-C strongly encourages scientific researchers and students to tap into the powerful capabilities of this facility by submitting enquiries or proposals to the coordinator of the ER-C. Find out more about these exciting possibilities by exploring this web site.
   
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