Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) Switzerland

Overview

The Paul Scherrer Institute PSI is the largest research institute for natural and engineering sciences in Switzerland, conducting cutting-edge research in the fields of matter and materials, energy and the environment and human health. By performing fundamental and applied research, we work on sustainable solutions for major challenges facing society, science and economy.

PSI develops, builds and operates complex large-scale research infrastructures, which are available to the national and international research community based on scientific excellence. All of these facilities are unique in Switzerland and some are unique in the world. PSI is the only place in the world where this combination of research infrastructures is found on one campus:

PSI provides access to their large research facilities via a User Service to researchers from universities, other research centres and industry. Every year, PSI registers more than 5000 visits of scientists from around the world, performing their experiments at approximately 40 experimental stations.

Main areas of research

PSI conducts fundamental and applied research aiming to achieve scientific progress in different thematic areas, to answer questions of increasing social relevance and to foster economic development by promoting knowledge and technology transfer. PSI's in-house research is focused on areas in which the on-campus large research facilities are especially suited and advantageous. PSI is committed to scientific excellence and promotes interdisciplinary research across its 6 research divisions:

PSI also operates the Center for Proton Therapy, Switzerland's sole facility for the treatment of specific malignant tumours using protons.

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Research

Date range: 1 April 2021 - 31 March 2022

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) published between 1 April 2021 - 31 March 2022 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the Share for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

Article Count and Share for Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)
Count Share
260 51.21

Outputs by subject (Share)

Outputs by subject
Subject Count Share
81 17.82
31 8.22
178 28.95
23 5.68

Share output for the past 5 years

Share per year
2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
50.04 51.70 46.91 52.25 58.31

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Highlight of the month

Lens focuses X-rays of different wavelengths

© Jeff Schneiderman/Moment/Getty Images

A lens that can bring X-rays with a range of different wavelengths to a sharp focus at a single point has been developed.

Lenses in conventional cameras and microscopes contain correcting elements that ensure that different colours are focused at the same spot.

However, it hasn’t been possible to apply the same principle to X-ray lenses because materials tend to have a much lower ability to spread radiation of different wavelengths in the X-ray region. Consequently, a large portion of an X-ray beam has to be discarded in order to obtain a sharp image.

Now, a team led by researchers from Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland has developed an X-ray lens that can correct for the spreading that occurs with different wavelengths. They achieved this by using specially designed microstructures created by a 3D printer.

Since X-rays can image smaller structures that visible light this will open up exciting opportunities in areas such as microchip and battery research.

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References

  1. Nature Communications 13, 1305 (2022). doi: 10.1038/s41467-022-28902-8

View the article on the Nature Index

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Collaboration

Date range: 1 April 2021 - 31 March 2022

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 17.44% Domestic
  • 82.56% International

Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.


Top 10 domestic collaborators with Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) by Share (21 total)

  1. Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) (27.65)
    Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)14.37
    Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich)13.27
  2. Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and University of Zurich (UZH) (13.86)
    Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)6.88
    University of Zurich (UZH)6.98
  3. Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) (9.56)
    Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)5.72
    Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)3.84
  4. Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and University of Bern (UniBE) (7.63)
    Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)2.68
    University of Bern (UniBE)4.95
  5. Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) (6.01)
    Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)2.67
    European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)3.34
  6. Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and University of Geneva (UNIGE) (2.78)
    Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)1.63
    University of Geneva (UNIGE)1.15
  7. Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and University of Basel (UB) (2.66)
    Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)1.83
    University of Basel (UB)0.82
  8. Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and University of Fribourg (UNIFR) (2.09)
    Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)0.60
    University of Fribourg (UNIFR)1.50
  9. Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) (2.07)
    Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)0.69
    Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA)1.38
  10. Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and Laboratory for Mesoscopic Systems, ETH Zurich (1.73)
    Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)1.20
    Laboratory for Mesoscopic Systems, ETH Zurich0.53

Top 10 international collaborators with Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) by Share (779 total)

  1. Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and Max Planck Society (10.76)
    Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)5.28
    Max Planck Society5.47
  2. Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres (10.01)
    Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)3.53
    Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres6.48
  3. Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) (8.38)
    Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)3.73
    Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)4.65
  4. Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) (7.58)
    Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)4.64
    French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)2.94
  5. Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) (4.39)
    Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)0.73
    National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN)3.66
  6. Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and Leibniz Association (3.99)
    Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)2.16
    Leibniz Association1.83
  7. Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and Technical University of Munich (TUM) (3.98)
    Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)1.24
    Technical University of Munich (TUM)2.74
  8. Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and Princeton University (3.92)
    Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)1.50
    Princeton University2.42
  9. Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and National Research Council (CNR) (3.80)
    Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)1.98
    National Research Council (CNR)1.82
  10. Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) (3.49)
    Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)2.25
    Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)1.24

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