“Multi-spectra glasses” for scanning electron microscopy

Together with the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie and the IAP - Institut für angewandte Photonik e. V., IfG-Institute for Scientific Instruments GmbH developed a novel XUV spectrometer for Scanning Electron Microscopes.
Details at

Helmut Fischer Holding GmbH acquired IfG - Institute for Scientific Instruments GmbH

Helmut Fischer Holding GmbH, based in Sindelfingen, Germany, acquires with effect from January 1st, 2014, the long-term partner for polycapillary optics, IfG - Institute for Scientific Instruments GmbH, Rudower Chaussee 29/31, 12489 Berlin. Business operations will continue as a group of consolidated companies, the locations of IfG GmbH will be preserved. By this step the existing, long-standing relationship will be aligned on a new base. More...

16 January 2014: second SLcam User Workshop

On Thursday, 16 January 2014 there will be the second SLcam User Workshop at IfG. You are invited to join the meeting. Participation is free of charge. Details on the workshop can be found in the Agenda.

14 October 2013: Unique Colour X-Ray Camera for the Analysis of Elements Ready for Operation

A unique colour X-ray camera goes into operation at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) today. With this camera, it will be possible for the researchers at the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF), a part of the HZDR, to determine within a very short period of time the concentrations of such very finely dispersed metals as rare earth elements in ore minerals. Today, the scientists celebrate the start of the camera’s routine operation together with colleagues, partners, and companies who participated in the assembly of the camera. It was developed specifically to meet the institute's analytical requirements. Read more...

The colour X-ray camera is operated with a proton beam generated by HZDR's powerful ion beam accelerator. Photo: Oliver Killig
The colour X-ray camera High-Speed-PIXE

How Ancient Ivory Received a New Life

Another interesting article on the X-ray Color Camera SLcam© at

by Jillian Scharr, TechNewsDaily Staff Writer

New paper with X-ray Color Camera published:

Archaeology’s Hidden Secrets

Ancient Ivory: Metal traces on Phoenician artifacts show long-gone paint and gold.

Ancient ivory carvings made by Phoenician artists some 3,000 years ago have long hidden a secret, even while being openly displayed in museums around the world: The sculptures were originally painted with colorful pigments, and some were decorated with gold.

Researchers based in France and Germany report chemical analyses showing that 8th-century B.C. Phoenician ivory artifacts bear metal traces that are invisible to the naked eye.

See full paper here: Anal. Chem. 2013, DOI: 10.1021/ac4006167.

from: Chemical & Engineering News
ISSN 0009-2347
Copyright © 2013 American Chemical Society

12.12.2012: SLcam User Workshop

On Wednesday, 12 December 2012 there will be an SLcam User Workshop at IfG. You are invited to join the meeting. Participation is free of charge. Details on the workshop can be found in the Agenda.

Summer school for scanning electron microscopy and microanalysis in Lille, France

From 2-6 July 2012, GN MEBA, the French society for scanning electron microscopy and microanalysis, organised a summer school for scanning electron microscopy and microanalys in cooperation with the university of Lille, France. IfG - Institute for Scientific Instruments GmbH, together with French distributor SAMxPlus, demonstrated the possibilities of micro X-ray fluorescence analysis (µXRF) with iMOXS-SEM.
We thank all participants for the lively interest and discussions.

Neutron Optics

We have expanded our product portfolio and now offer Neutron Capillary Optics.

04.10.2011: Professor Norbert Langhoff honoured by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany

On 4 October 2011, Professor Norbert Langhoff was decorated with the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany by Federal President Christian Wulff. The ceremony in Schloss Bellevue, the official residence of the Federal President, honoured Norbert Langhoff’s outstanding civic involvement. The statement for this high honour reads:


The engineer, scientist and entrepreneur considerably contributed to the development of one of the most successful science and technology parks in reunified Germany, situated at the former location of the Academy of Science of the German Democratic Republic in Berlin Adlershof. He was consultant in the development of the Adlershof technology park, supported many start-ups and founded the “Institute for Scientific Instruments“. In addition, Professor Langhoff has been working in various honorary positions for a long time. For instance, in 1999 he initiated the foundation of „Institute for applied Photonics“, a non-profit research institution, whose chairman he is. Also, in 2000 he was one of the founding members of the nationally and internationally renowned competence network for optical technologies „Optec-Berlin-Brandenburg“.

20.06.2011: New VDI/VDE-Standard for X-ray optical systems: VDI/VDE 5575

Initialised by IFG GmbH, a new guideline (standard) for „X-ray optical systems” has been drawn up by a group of experts, in which  representatives from science, industry and administration are represented.

This standard respects all currently known physical effects which can be used for the manipulation of X-radiation. Within the guideline applications, physical basics and parameters are described in detail. The third part of VDI/VDE 5575 can be obtained from Beuth Verlag GmbH ( Certification of X-ray capillaries by IFG GmbH is performed according to this standard.

15.02.2011: Snapshot on molecular level

Berlin Sciences about PXS here.

10.12.2010 Winner of Innovationspreis Berlin Brandenburg!

IFG wins the Innovationspreis Berlin Brandenburg with PXS.

From the original over 90 candidates finally seven innovations had been elected for the five categories of the award. At the award ceremony in the facilities of the BSR on 10 December 2010 the prize for the femtosecond X-ray source was given to IFG next to three other awardees.  

The first prototype of PXS was developed in 2008 together with the group of Professor Thomas Elsässer from  Max Born Institute. In the years 2009 and 2010 the device became a commercial product within a BMBF-Project together with the group of Prof. Bargheer from the University of Potsdam.

By giving the prize to IFG the jury acknowledged the high innovative potential of the product which generates X-ray pulses with a duration of down to 100 femtoseconds pulse-duration (1 femtosecond is 1 billionth of 1 millionth of one second) and allows scientists to perform experiments in laboratory scale, which else can only be performed at big devices like synchrotrons or free electron lasers.

IFG would like to thank all partners and especially the organizers of the Innovationspreis for this important prize.

Article from Tagesspiegel (in German)

Process on-line measuring procedure of zinc content in converter dust

In this paper, a process-oriented X-ray fluorescence spectrometer for on-line determination of zinc content in converter dust is described. This device was developed and manufactured by the companies Indutech instruments GmbH and IfG Institute for Scientific Instruments GmbH and installed at the voestalpine Stahl GmbH in Linz. In spite of extreme operational conditions for the device (high temperatures, mechanical vibrations, external electromagnetic fields etc.) a stable reproducibility of the measurement results and a long lifetime are guaranteed.


from "Stahl und Eisen"
issue 11/2010
pages 93-99