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The SOLARIS synchrotron available to users

SOLARIS National Synchrotron Radiation Centre. Photo: PAP/Jacek Bednarczyk 21.09.2015 SOLARIS National Synchrotron Radiation Centre. Photo: PAP/Jacek Bednarczyk 21.09.2015

The SOLARIS synchrotron in Kraków opens its doors to scientists and researchers from Poland and abroad. Proposals for synchrotron research can be submitted until May 20. Users will start working at the synchrotron in October.

"Until now, the only way Polish scientists could conduct research on a synchrotron was if they applied to foreign centres. Now it will be possible in Poland, in the SOLARIS National Synchrotron Radiation Centre in Kraków" - reads the Center`s release sent to PAP.

With this centre, a unit of the Jagiellonian University, Poland joins the elite group of countries where scientists can conduct research using synchrotron radiation. "This fact is particularly important for Central and Eastern Europe, where the facility in Kraków is the only such place. Synchrotron centres form an international cooperation network, which is a unique research platform, serving the development of not only science, but also industry" - reads the release.

Synchrotron is one of the most advanced research technologies. Synchronous radiation with a wide spectrum created in a synchrotron can be used in interdisciplinary research.

According to the centre, researchers who apply in the recently announced recruitment will carry out their projects free of charge.

Applications for access to the synchrotron can be submitted via the SOLARIS Digital User Office web platform. Proposals must contain a substantive description of the experiment and detailed technical requirements necessary for the experiment. After those are accepted, the project will be evaluated an international committee.

"The approval of each proposal will depend on the innovative scope of the research topic, the degree of precision of the scientific hypothesis and clearly defined methodology. Convincing justification of the purposefulness of using synchrotron radiation will also be of key importance. Researchers selected in the current recruitment will carry out their research from October 2018 to January 2019" - reads the release.

According to the centre, due to the profiling of experimental lines, every synchrotron in the world has specific research areas in which it specializes. The following lines will be initially available in the Kraków synchrotron: PEEM/XAS (photoemission electron microscopy / X-ray absorption spectroscopy), where microscopic and spectroscopic measurements in the soft X-ray field can be performed at two measuring stations, and UARPES (ultra angle-resolved photoemission) spectroscopy) providing photons in the field of vacuum ultraviolet for angular-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (ARPES).

"The latter is of fundamental importance for the development of science and technology, because it enables a full experimental description of the electron structure of matter, which essentially determines all physical and chemical properties of materials. PEEM and XAS research stations can be used in such fields as materials science, physics, chemistry or earth sciences" - the centre representatives explain.

The device located on the Jagiellonian University campus is ultimately designed for a dozen research lines (two are already under construction), which will allow to open over 20 measurement stations.

"They will enable research in such fields as physics, chemistry and medicine, but also archaeology and even art history. Many breakthroughs in science have been made thanks to the existence of synchrotrons. These possibilities now open to the users of the SOLARIS synchrotron in Kraków" - reads the release. (PAP)

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