Between August 21st and 28th, Dmitry Nesterov and Elena Parinova, young researchers from the Department of Solid-State Physics and Nanostructures of the Faculty of Physics, took part in the RACIRI Summer School 2016, which focused on convergent science and technology for society, as well as on application of unique world class large-scale facilities.
This year, the school was held at Repino (St. Petersburg Region). Among the partnering organizing institutions there were research centres that employ world class large-scale facilities and equipment in their work – NRC "Kurchatov Institute" in Russia, DESY in Germany (one of the world’s leading accelerator centres), the Swedish Research Council Vetenskapsråde, Röntgen-Angström-Cluster (RAC) and the Ioffe-Röntgen-Institute (IRI).
The RACIRI–2016 programme included lectures on the basics and theory of phenomena related to the functioning of the facilities used to generate high-intensity radiation, as well as lectures on the application of neutron and X-ray techniques for research purposes. Among the invited lecturers and tutors were internationally renowned scientists and world-leading experts from the relevant fields.
Our young researchers had a chance to listen to the reports of their colleagues from Russia, Germany and Sweden, as well as the opportunity to present the results of their own studies: Dmitry Nesterov made a report on “2D and 1D silicon materials electronic structure by synchrotron studies”, and Elena Parinova made a speech on “Application of the photoemission electron microscopy for the precision nanostructures diagnostics with the use of the synchrotron radiation”.
Researchers working at VSU have been participating in joint research projects with world class synchrotron radiation centres in Germany and the USA for 15 years now, and have successfully completed over 25 research projects. They are currently working on the project for studying hybrid nano- and biomaterials in collaboration with the Institute of Cell Biophysics (Russia) and Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin BESSY II megafacilities laboratory (Germany). The project is due to be completed in October. In collaboration with their German colleagues, our researchers are also working on methods for the application of photoemission microscopy.