Construction work in the rooms of the faculty center

Starting with the 27th of April the BIG will begin construction work in the rooms of the faculty center to implement fire protection requirements. Mainly affected are the rooms of the SEM, the multi-metal-evaporator and the laboratory through which those rooms are accessed. The constructor work will entail limited or no access to certain research equipment. We currently have no information about how long the construction work will take, but we do everything in our power to have it finished as soon as possible.

Update 29th of April.: Work is currently underway to remove the suspended ceiling in two rooms. Next week several doors will be removed and other door frames will be moved. The week after the next week the dry construction should start. We do not expect to be able to offer AFM/Raman/SEM measurement before April the 18th.

Update 7th of May: You can see to the right what the access to the SEM, Mantis,.. looks like as of this morning.

Update 13th of May: The new lab-doors are going to be installed in the 22nd week and the new door to the stairwell will be installed in the week thereafter. Some additional work will be necessary after that according to the person in charge of the construction work. Thus I do not expect to be able to return to normal operation (heavily influenced by the Corona-virus) before mid-June.

Update 29th of May: I am told that the electrician should finish on the 20th of June and I hope that this will also be the end of the construction work. All other work should be finished before that. Starting on the 22nd of June I can start cleaning cleaning and to put back things where they belong. My priority is to enable all lab-courses to use the SEM before the end of June.

Update 15th of June: I am skeptical that the 22nd as the end-date of the construction can be met, since the time schedule of the construction work has not been fully met up to no.

Please check back on a regular basis. Wir will keep this info-box up-to-date with current information.

The current state of the construction work: dusty

Mission Statement

The Faculty Center for Nano Structure Research is a service facility and an institutional cooperation between the Faculties of Physics and Chemistry. It is located at the Faculty of Physics and offers scientists and students of the two faculties an easy access to large and expensive instruments, in particular the Zeiss Supra 55 VP scanning electron microscope, a WITec alpha 300A AFM/Raman and the Bruker Nanostar laboratory small-angle X-ray scattering system. Among the other available facilities/services are a Zeiss Axioplan universal light microscope with an attached micro-hardness tester, a self-service grinding, lapping and polishing machine available to all students of the two faculties and an embedding/polishing service for challenging samples. More information can be found in the respective links in the menu on the right side. Please note the terms of use of our laboratories and equipment.

A Pale Blue Dot

Earth as seen from Voyager 1, February 14th, 1990

Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Consider again that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there--on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.

-- Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot, 1994