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GEMS provides you with state of the art materials analysis well beyond the capabilities of standard laboratory equipment, applicable to a range of problems including

3-D imaging (radiography, tomography) Residual stress measurements Analysis of phase transformations Characterisation of nanostructured hard and soft matter samples

The experimental techniques available include

  • X-ray and neutron diffraction
  • Small angle X-ray and neutron scattering
  • X-ray and neutron tomography
  • X-ray and neutron reflectometry

Depending on your needs and experience with the techniques described above, we offer industry specific user support

  • Data analysis
  • Secrecy agreements
  • Materials science support labs (sample preparation and characterisation)
  • Custom in situ sample environments

One of the main expertise of GEMS is the examination of materials science processes in situ by measurements with synchrotron radiation. Therefore we design and provide custom sample environments like

  • Furnaces
  • Cooling devices
  • Stress rigs
  • Laser and friction stir welding devices
  • Dilatometer


Dr. Marc Thiry
Industrial Relations Officer
Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon
Außenstelle am DESY
Notkestr. 85
22607 Hamburg
Tel: +49-40-8998-6914
Fax: +49-40-8998-5399