Synchrotrons and free electron lasers are extremely bright light sources which are used in disciplines as diverse as physics, materials sciences, chemistry, biology, imaging and microfabrication, allowing a wide range of applications including, among many others, the analysis of archaeology and cultural heritage artefacts.
Europe is home to several of the best facilities in the world in this field, and the aim of the IA-SFS project is to link up these important light sources and optimise access to them. The 16 project partners come from 7 EU countries plus Switzerland; 12 of the partners host a synchrotron source and 3 host a free electron laser. The consortium is completed by the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), one of the world’s leading molecular biology research institutions and a user of these facilities.
The result is the largest network of free electron lasers and synchrotrons in the world, serving several thousand European scientists, with access to the facilities based solely on merit.READ MORE