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European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF)
Identification
Hosting Legal Entity
European Synchrotron Radiation Facility
Address:
71, Avenue des Martyrs, Institut Max von Laue - Paul Langevin, Grenoble cedex 9, PO: 38043, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (France)
Location
71, Avenue des Martyrs, Institut Max von Laue - Paul Langevin, Grenoble cedex 9, PO: 38043, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (France)
Structure
Type Of RI
Single-sited
Coordinating Country
France
Participating Countries
Switzerland
Denmark
Israel
Spain
France
Netherlands
Canada
Norway
Sweden
Finland
Portugal
Germany
Italy
Ireland
United Kingdom
Austria
Status
Status
Current Status:
Operational since 1994
Timeline
Being upgraded since 2015 to 2020
Being upgraded since 2009 to 2015
Scientific Description
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. 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.The first phase of the Upgrade from 2009 to 2015 will deliver: Eight Upgrade Beamline projects with capabilities unique in the world, comprising 11 different beamlines with 15 independently operable end stations; complete or partial refurbishment of the remaining ESRF beamlines, and of many Collaborating Research Group beamlines, to maintain them at world-class level; improvements to the X-ray source to maintain world-leading beam availability, stability and brilliance; new state-of-the-art instrumentation, driven by the needs of the new beamlines, notably in X-ray mirror engineering, diamond technologies, nano-focussing optics, pixel detectors, on-line data analysis and high-rate data collection,New buildings for long beamlines, support laboratories and offices. The second phase of the ESRF Upgrade Programme will cover new developments from 2015 to 2018 and beyond, and a proposal is currently being elaborated with users, external experts and the ESRF funding bodies. ESRF is a project on the ESFRI Roadmap of Research Infrastructures (RIs) of pan-European interest.

RI Keywords
Synchrotron radiation source, X-ray science and technology
Classifications
RI Category
Analytical Facilities
Intense Light Sources
Scientific Domain
Chemistry and Material Sciences
Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics and Mathematics
Biological and Medical Sciences
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Engineering and Energy
ESFRI Domain
Physical Sciences and Engineering
Services
User service

The core mission of the ESRF is to operate and continuously upgrade the portfolio of experimental stations (beamlines) for the scientific users of the European Research Area and beyond.

Equipment
Experimental stations

A portfolio of experimental stations in all fields of natural sciences from the classical disciplines physics, chemistry, and biology to paleontology and medical applications.

Collaborations
ESFRI
RI is an ESFRI landmark
Networks
EIROforum
Coordinated Access to Lightsources to Promote Standards and Optimization (CALIPSO)
CRISP
BioStruct-X
Date of last update: 21/06/2019
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