he German Engineering Materials Science Centre (GEMS) is the central user platform of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht with a worldwide unique infrastructure for complementary research with photons at the HZG outstation at DESY in Hamburg and neutrons at the HZG outstation at the FRM II in Garching near Munich, especially in the area of engineering materials research .
A common proposal system will allow users full access to the two complementary probes. The Engineering Materials Science Centre (EMSC) will also be available for the users as part of GEMS. EMSC provides additional infrastructure, such as laboratories and workshops, which is necessary for the preparation and characterization of samples in the vicinity of the GEMS beamlines.
Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht co-operates with industry, authorities and other institutions on the basis of flexibly created co-operating contracts or just of orders. At GEMS special services are offered to partners using the unique capabilities of photons (synchrotron radiation) and neutrons.
The characterisation of structural and functional materials such as metals, ceramics, polymers, soft matter and thin films, as well as properties like textures, residual stress and magnetism, etc. is needed by developers in the steel and metal industry, in the chemical industry, in the information technology to design e.g. new alloys, polymers, nanocomposites or data memories. The GEMS instruments are suitable tools for these purposes.