Young researchers from Voronezh State University conducted successful studies at megascience facilities. The research was supported by grants offered by the German and Russian research centre (project R-2017a-34) and the Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation. Researchers and students from the Department of Solid-State Physics and Nanostructures of the Faculty of Physics, who had returned from a business trip to Germany, told us about their project and its relevance for their research career and the development of the research in universities and Russia as a whole.
Elena Parinova, research assistant:
‘Our trip to Berlin was very fruitful. In cooperation with our colleagues from Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (Jena, Germany) we continued joint studies at the megascience facilities and a source of synchrotron radiation BESSY II at Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin (Germany), which were started two years ago. We used photoemissive electron microscopy to study objects which are advantageous for nanoelectronics. I have been working in the area of synchrotron studies since 2010. It was then when I, a bachelor student, became interested in the topic. I have been taking part in similar experiments at large-scale facilities in the USA and Germany. This experience is very important for me. Our team is developing our skills and knowledge when working at megascience facilities. We obtain new advanced scientific results which can be of interest both in Russia and abroad. The acquired skills helped me to write my PhD dissertation which I defended last December.’
Dmitry Kouda, research assistant:
‘It was my seventh internship at the megascience facilities, a source of synchrotron radiation, and the fifth at BESSY II at Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin. This two week experiment allowed me to conduct additional studies to support my PhD dissertation. Also, together with our German colleagues we obtained unique results for the project “Microscopical studies of electronic structure and phase composition of tin oxide MOCVD-coated filamentary silicon arrays”. Plans were made to conduct further research at the megascience facilities with the participation of our team.
Artyem Tarasov, student:
‘It was my second trip to BESSY II. The facilities are absolutely enormous. When you see them, you understand that “megascience” is the right name for it. It was amazing to delve into the world of science and to know that just few meters away there are world-famous scientists who were possibly making important scientific discoveries right then. The research was carried out together with our colleagues from German universities with whom our team has been involved with in active cooperation. This collaboration has been very productive for both parties. All in all, I had a chance to feel that science has no territorial or national boundaries. Everybody works for the same cause: To learn more about our environment and to make it more comfortable for human beings. We conducted very relevant research – I believe, our team is among the pioneers in the field of electron spectromicroscopy in our country. I am very thankful to the other members of the team who are more experienced in this area for their help and advice. I would like to continue developing so that I can become a valuable member of the team.’
Sergey Turistchev, associate professor:
‘The research which we have been conducting is unique and similar facilities are few and far between. In 2010, we held the first experiments for Russian scientists using the unique scientific potential of the spectromicroscopical methods and received a number of interesting results. The first article dedicated to the research results was published in 2013, and since 2014, young researchers from the Department of Solid-State Physics and Nanostructures of Voronezh State University have been using the new photoemission microscope to cinduct a joint research at the Russian and German Laboratory at Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin. The team did an excellent job and fulfilled all the tasks and the team members proved that they are experienced and independent researchers. The new experience, especially of cooperation with colleagues from German research organisations, is very useful. The measuring equipment, which will be used over the next two years, has been tested and further development of the research project was negotiated, including joint research with scientists from Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin and Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology. The VSU working team continues to take an active part in the international research programme by Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin.’