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Visit to the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland (Nov. 2013)

The Paul Scherrer Institute, PSI, is the largest research centre for natural and engineering sciences within Switzerland. The world-class research in three main subject areas is performed at the PSI: Matter and Material; Energy and the Environment; and Human Health. By conducting fundamental and applied research, long-term solutions are worked for major challenges facing society, industry and science.

At the PSI, the Materials Science and Simulations, MSS, group headed by Prof. Dr. Helena Van Swygenhoven is responsible on the time-of-flight neutron beamline POLDI at SINQ which is designed for strain measurements. The beamline is equipped for residual strain measurements and in-situ mechanical testing in uniaxial, biaxial, or torsion mode. MSS has also developed several devices for carrying out in-situ mechanical testing on thin films or small-scale samples at beamlines of the Swiss Light Source (SLS).