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Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron



DESY - Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron, is one of the world’s leading accelerator centres and a member of the Helmholtz Association. DESY develops, builds and operates large particle accelerators used to investigate the structure of matter. DESY offers a broad research spectrum of international standing focusing on three main areas: accelerator development, construction and operation; photon science; particle and astroparticle physics.

Thanks to its expertise and worldwide unique diversity of excellent light sources, DESY is a very attractive venue for more than 3000 scientists from over 40 countries a year, and a sought after partner in national and international cooperations and projects. The DESY research programme is not restricted to the facilities at its two locations in Hamburg and Zeuthen. DESY is closely involved in a number of major international projects, including the European X-Ray Laser Project XFEL in Hamburg and Schleswig Holstein, the Large Hadron Collider LHC in Geneva, the neutrino telescope IceCube at the South Pole and the International Linear Collider ILC.

Currently DESY is planning an innovation centre on campus which serves as an incubator and is supported by the city of Hamburg. Young spin-off groups get workspace and a range of support there.