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Jülich Research Centre Press Release (14 December 2012)

European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant to Ernst Ruska-Centre (ER-C) Director Rafal Dunin-Borkowski

ER-C Director Rafal Dunin-Borkowski has been awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant. The Director at the Ernst Ruska-Centre for Microscopy and Spectroscopy with Electrons will use the funding, worth 2.5 million “Euros” over a period of five years, for the development of electron microscopy methods which allow the mapping of magnetic fields in the interior of materials at almost atomic resolution. Fundamental research in the field of nanomagnetism stands to benefit from the success of this project as well as application-oriented research.

The objective of the project is to increase the spatial resolution of electron holography for the imaging of magnetic fields in crystalline materials to better than half a nanometre - which is approximately a factor of ten compared to current capabilities. “Only then will it be possible to visualise magnetic fields at almost atomic resolution. As a result, we can then understand directly for the first time the influence material defects, surfaces, interfaces and the local chemical composition have on magnetic characteristics of materials”, explains Rafal Dunin-Borkowski.

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Jülich Research Press Release of 14 December 2012
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