Synchrotron SOLEIL 

Synchrotron SOLEIL is the French national synchrotron facility created by CNRS and CEA.It is a 3rd generation source of synchrotron radiation, operating at an energy of 2.75 GeV and stored beam currents (top-up injection) of 430 mA, rising to 500 mA by the end of 2014.

SOLEIL offers a unique panorama of experiments with 26 beamlines in operation (29 foreseen in 2016), covering the far IR to the hard X-ray range, and open to a large scientific and industrial users community in a very broad range of fields from life-sciences to material science including surface, solid states and gas phase physics and chemistry, as well as geosciences and cultural heritage sciences.

SOLEIL storage ring makes massive use of straight sections equipped with undulators and wigglers, which are tailor-made to best meet the needs of users.

This leads to orders of magnitude higher brilliance than conventional bending magnets and laboratory sources. Besides, SOLEIL offers a low emittance, high stability, top-up mode for maintaining the current constant. Moreover, SOLEIL operates in different modes (Hybrid, 8 bunch, single bunch, low alpha) to fit the specific requirements of users.

Since 2008, SOLEIL has welcomed more than 5700 users coming from 1420 laboratories (French, Europeans and overseas) to carry out research at SOLEIL. Attracting over 950 new users and 197 new laboratories in 2013, SOLEIL counted 2037 users from 703 laboratories for this only year. Note that, considering the whole SOLEIL level, about 34 % of the users are coming from non-French Institution (out of which 82 % from EU and associated countries).SOLEIL source division includes typically 60 accelerator experts both for dynamics and different technologies. SOLEIL has also a strong expertise in Free Electron Lasers. SOLEIL is also involved in the laser wakefield acceleration application of the APOLLON laser (CILEX).

Contact: Marie-Emmanuelle Couprie