Inauguration of new synchrotron radiation center
The Center for X rays in Swedish materials science (CeXS) was formally inaugurated on August 14 with a workshop at KTH. Present were representatives from the Swedish synchrotron community, including academia, institutes and companies, as well as representatives from DESY (Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron) in Hamburg, who are operating the Swedish ray tube on PETRA III.
Peter Hedström from KTH is Director of CeXS and manages the center together with Deputy Director Fredrik Eriksson from Linköping University and a coordinator at KTH.
What is the role of the new center?
– The center's task is to ensure that the Swedish ray tube is managed in line with the interests of the Swedish community. It includes monitoring of the privileged radiation time that is part of the agreement between the Swedish Research Council and DESY. The center will also work to increase the expertise and use of synchrotron light, especially high-energy X-ray, among Swedish stakeholders.
The Swedish ray tube is called SMS (Swedish Material Science beamline P21). Thanks to, including other things, its high-energy X-rays it is suitable for studying the bulk of hard materials, such as metallic materials. The other ray tubes at PETRA III gives Swedish users access to more technologies, and the applications are numerous.
How does this contribute to Swedish research in materials science?
– For Sweden, it is a long-awaited capacity that complements the Swedish synchrotron MAX IV and gives Swedish researchers unique access to very high-quality X-rays in a large energy area.
What happens next?
– We plan workshops, work on creating a more comprehensive website and will also go on tour to meet the Swedish community.