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Research Infrastructure

Société Civile Synchrotron SOLEIL

Description SOLEIL is the French third generation synchrotron facility, operating at 2,75 GeV. 26 beamlines are open to users in 2013, in surface and material science (with emphasis on micronano-spectroscopies, high resolution, magnetism, chemistry), environmental and earth science, very dilute species and biology (crystallography, absorption, small angle scattering, fluorescence, IR microscopy). Areas of excellence are time resolved experiment both in X-ray range (diffraction, photoemission) and in the soft X ray energy range (coincidences spectroscopies at ultrahigh resolution), an extensive use of adjustable photon polarisations (dichroism studies), fully automated protein crystallography beamlines, etc. The 2 last beamlines (‘Nanoscopium’ and ‘Nanotomo’, under construction) will reinforce the SOLEIL capabilities in 2D and 3D imaging (from C Kedge up to 60 keV). About 70% of the available beamtime (5.500 h/y) is allocated to users on the basis of an international peer reviewing-based selection. Since 2008 SOLEIL has welcomed more than 4800 users. More than 25% of the proposals are already originating from non-French users, which show the attractiveness of SOLEIL towards international communities. SOLEIL is partner of other FP7 programs (Research Infrastructures, Marie-Curie actions) which are complementary to the present one. SOLEIL users and research staff produce about 300 papers per year in international scientific journals. SOLEIL is managed as part of a French public company. The members of the SOLEIL Synchrotron company are the CNRS and the CEA.
URL http://www.synchrotron-soleil.fr/
Status Operational since 2008
Scientific Domains Environmental Sciences
Biological and Medical Sciences
Material Sciences and Analytical Facilities
Physical Sciences and Engineering
Social Sciences and Humanities
RI Categorization Micro- and Nanotechnology facilities
Location Orme des Merisiers, Rond-Point de Saint-Aubin, Gif sur Yvette, 91192 cedex, Ile de France, France
MERIL URL http://portal.meril.eu/meril/view/facilitys/14771