The ISAS, which is divided between facilities in Dortmund and Berlin, is an interdisciplinary research institute (physics, chemistry, biology) working in the field of analytical spectroscopy. The main acitivities of the institute are the development of new measuring techniques, methods, and devices and the application of these in the field of materials science and life science.
The Berlin-based section of the institute is mainly concerned with optical spectroscopy techniques for materials and boundary layer analysis, and works closely with several companies including, among others, companies based at the Adlershof campus, BAM, Synchrotron BESSY II, and the Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin). Current areas of interest are:
Design and development of Echelle spectrometers with multi-channel detectors for use in element analysis and laser spectroscopy
Polarisation dependent spectroscopy, from infrared to vacuum-ultraviolet, for optical analysis of boundary layers, nanostructures, polymers and functional organic flms
Design and development of TOF mass spectrometers for micromaterial analysis