European Synchrotron Radiation Facility
The ESRF is an X-ray light source for Europe. It is located in Grenoble, France, and supported and shared by 20 countries.
The European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) is the most powerful synchrotron radiation source in Europe. Each year several thousand researchers travel to Grenoble, where they work in a first-class scientific environment to conduct exciting experiments at the cutting edge of modern science.
A synchrotron is a stadium-sized machine that produces many beams of bright X-ray light. Each beam is guided through a set of lenses and instruments called a beamline, where the X-rays illuminate and interact with samples of material being studied. Many countries operate synchrotrons—there are 10 in Europe—but only four worldwide are similar in design and power to the ESRF.
At more than 40 specialised experimental stations on our beamlines, physicists work side by side with chemists and materials scientists. Biologists, medical doctors, meteorologists, geophysicists and archaeologists have become regular users. Companies also send researchers, notably in the fields of pharmaceuticals, consumer products, petrochemicals and microelectronics.
Writing that has lain undiscovered for centuries inside a scroll that was charred in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD has been uncovered for the first time.
The ESRF Council has expressed unanimous support for the implementation of the second phase of the ESRF Upgrade Programme and approved the related Technical Design Report.
Documentation related to the Upgrade Programme
Producing nano-sized beams needs long beamlines, which, at the ESRF, will reach 120 metres and in two cases even 250 metres. A combination of two extended experimental hall buildings along with a satellite building for the very long beamline ID16 with two end stations addresses this need.
Making available state-of-the-art instrumentation and associated enabling technologies are one of the pillars of the Upgrade Programme. Driven by the upgrade beamline projects, many different key technological areas have been identified and tackled.