FZD is a public body research organisation with ~700 employees. It is active in structure-of-matter research, life and environmental sciences, and nuclear safety research. The ion beam centre (IBC) serves SPIRIT as a national centre of competence and is the largest European infrastructure for the application of ion beams from subkeV to ~50 MeV energies, and is mainly devoted to materials research. ~50% of the beam time is delivered to external users. The IBC is funded under FP6 (AIM - CT2006 - 052646) for TNA users until 31st March 2010.
Role in SPIRIT and tasks
FZD (coordinator of SPIRIT) will be responsible for the management and most of the networking activities. Based on the experience with AIM, FZD will provide a well-managed TNA to its ion beam centre and integrate it into SPIRIT after the termination of AIM. Special equipment at FZD includes plasma immersion implantation, sub-keV beam line implantation, dual beam irradiation, highly charged ion irradiation, and ultrahigh-resolution magnetic spectrometry for surface analysis.
The FZD Ion Beam Centre has a longstanding experience in ion technology which has been developed over about 40 years. FZD serves as a national centre of competence and user facility since 1994 and is funded for EU TNA within FP5 and FP6 since 1998. It is involved in several EU networks, IPs and mobility projects, and receives national third party funding from governmental and industrial agencies.