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Nordic Hysitron Laboratory

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Nordic Hysitrom Laboratory -History

The story of the Nordic Hysitron Laboratory (NHL) began on the 14th of April, 2005, when the Rector of the Helsinki University of Technology (HUT), Matti Pursula, together with Professor Roman Nowak of the HUT, and the President of Hysitron, Inc. (Minneapolis, USA), Thomas Wyrobek, opened the NHL with a strong team of international researchers from Finland, Japan, the USA, and Poland, creating a unique combination of cultures and approaches to science and technology. This signified the groundbreaking of the new laboratory, and the NHL team began building its expertise with the powerful Hysitron TriboIndenter Nanomechanical Testing Instrument, the first instrument of this high precision level in the Nordic countries.

The team soon gained recognition in Finland and overseas, publishing the results of their unorthodox research in increasingly prominent scientific journals: Physical Review B (2006), Physical Review Letters (2007) and, more recently, two times in the prestigious Nature Nanotechnology (2009 and 2011).

The Nordic Hysitron Laboratory continues to work towards future scientific achievements in close collaboration with Hysitron, Inc., within the framework of the Aalto University, established in 2010.