17-21 July 2017
Santiago de Compostela, Facultade de Química
Europe/Madrid timezone

ALBA, The Spanish synchrotron

21 Jul 2017, 10:20
Aula Magna (Santiago de Compostela, Facultade de Química)

Aula Magna

Santiago de Compostela, Facultade de Química

Av. das Ciencias s/n, 15701 Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, Spain
Plenary Plenary V Plenary V


Prof. Caterina Biscari


ALBA history started in the first nineties, when a group of visionary scientists proposed to build a synchrotron light source in Spain, as the first national large scientific infrastructure. It was meant to serve and help the development of the national Synchrotron Light User Community, to build up a group with expertise in accelerator physics, to develop an industrial environment with capacities of participation in similar facilities all around the world. The green light was obtained in 2003, and the cornerstone of the first 3 rd generation light source in the South-East of Europe was placed in 2006 at about 20 km from Barcelona. Today, since the first official user in May 2012, more than three thousand users have visited the facility, eight beamlines are in operation, three more in construction, and the next phase is defined. The talk will describe the present status of the infrastructure, some key scientific results, the collaboration activities and the strategy for the future.

Primary author

Prof. Caterina Biscari

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