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Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter, Hamburg

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The new building, as a solitary component, occupies a unique position on the campus grounds, taking up lines from the urban layout and readjusting the ensemble by rounding off the plaza in front of CFEL. The design of the rectangular, terraced building is based on a modular grid of 120 cm, visible on the outside in smooth metal panels and floor-to-ceiling glass elements. Between the compact laboratory modules on the ground floor and the laboratory clusters on the upper floor are meeting rooms, open communication areas and tea kitchens, grouped around the open central atrium.

The spaces are mostly planned to hold densely equipped laser laboratories fulfilling exceptional requirements of cold temperatures, absolute darkness as well as vibration and temperature consistency.

» The institute‘s particular mission requires access to high-performance radiation sources, currently available in Germany only in Hamburg with the free-electron lasers FLASH and the European XFEL, the synchrotron radiation source Petra-III and the relativistic electron gun REGAE. «
Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter

With the new building completed, the Max Planck Institute will hold a unique position within the international research landscape and complement the academic research in Bahrenfeld. In this, the researchers must be able to depend on high-performance instruments which in turn require exceptional technical building features regarding constant temperature as well as cleanroom and climatic conditions.


Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter, Hamburg

  • Luruper Chausee 149
  • 22761 Hamburg
  • Deutschland

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