Home Joint Research Activities (JRA)

In order to achieve the goals of CALIPSOplus a comprehensive package of measures has been devised consisting of

  • 4 Networking Activities (NA)
  • 2 Joint Research Activities (JRA)
    • JRA1 – Metrology On One-Nanometer-Precise Optics (MooNpics)
    • JRA2 – Demonstrator of a Photon Science Analysis Service (DaaS), as well as
  • Trans-national Access Activities (TAA)

combined with an efficient management structure.


Joint Research Activities within CALIPSOplus


JRA1 – Metrology On One-Nanometer-Precise Optics (MooNpics)

The new and diffraction-limited X-ray light sources, both synchrotrons and FELs, define a demand for diffraction-limited X-ray optics. In numbers it becomes necessary to control the shape of mirrors as long as 1 m with a precision as small as 1 nm. This requirement leads to an extreme technological challenge for the production of long X-ray mirrors with ultimate surface quality in terms of roughness and figure error. Currently the supply of such optics by European industry is severely limited, and overseas vendors therefore have obtained a market leading position.

The goal of JRA1 is to develop reliable methods for fabrication, and in particular also to develop reliable metrology to diagnose the quality together with industry partners. European industry will benefit from this high-technology development to become competitive in the international context.


JRA2 – Demonstrator of a Photon Science Analysis Service (DaaS)

The lack of a coherent, well-managed and easy-to-deploy analysis environment often prevents scientists from making the most of their data. In order to render data analysis more efficient and convenient for users, the goal of JRA2 is to develop demonstrators for remote data analysis for a small number of archetypal experiments. The demonstrators will build on the HPC platforms of each participating institute and will be cloud based in those institutes where cloud technology is deployed. In the other institutes the demonstrator will run on standard HPC hardware. A web portal will ensure users to have a common user experience. For remote data analysis, particularly important for experiments with very high data volumes, the system will provide access through a user portal implementing a standard authentication system (using the UMBRELLA federated ID system realised through the PaNdata and CRISP FP7 projects) for secure access. The long-term goals of this JRA2 are both to make light sources more accessible to users in offering an easier and faster way to analyse their data remotely and to foster a collaboration for the development of software architectures between the different sites.