WP19: TA14 – Trans-national Access to SESAME
Provision of access to the following infrastructure(s): SESAME (Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle-East)
Description of the infrastructure
SESAME is a third generation synchrotron radiation source under construction in Jordan. It will start its operation in 2017. It is based on a new 2.5 GeV storage ring, using technologies developed in close collaboration with European laboratories. Its injector is based on the dismissed BESSY I 0.8 GeV ring.
From an organisational point of view SESAME is a cooperative venture by scientists and governments of the Middle East region set up based on the model of CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research). It is being developed under the auspices of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) following a formal approval given for this by the organisation’s Executive Board (164th session, May 2002).
SESAME is an autonomous intergovernmental organisation at the service of its Members which have full control over its development, exploitation and financial matters. The SESAME Members (as of March 2016) are: Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Israel, Jordan, Pakistan, the Palestinian Authority, and Turkey. SESAME also has several observers assuming the role of advisors. Current Observers (March 2016) are Brazil, China (People’s Republic of), the European Union, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Portugal, Russian Federation, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.
|Name of the infrastructure (and
its installations, if applicable)
|Location of the infrastructure||Allan, JORDAN|
|Services currently offered by the infrastructure||SESAME is expected to come into operation in early 2017 with two beamlines (XAFS/XRF and IR). A third beamline (Materials Science/Powder Diffraction) will be ready in mid-2017, a fourth (Macromolecular Crystallography) in 2018 and a fifth beamline for SAXS/WAXS in 2019. In 2020 two beamlines for EUV and Soft X-Ray spectroscopy will come into operation.
Although the facility is not operational yet, SESAME holds a user meeting every year with a participation of about 100 prospective users from the region as well as from non-member European countries, demonstrating a growing interest of the scientific community.
Modality of access & application procedure
|Modality of access||SESAME access will be based on a customised version of the ELETTRA Virtual User Office.
It is foreseen that users would normally arrive to SESAME one or two days (depending on the amount of on site preparation required by the specific measurement plan) before the measurement run and leave one day after. Experiments are expected to last five to seven days.
|Offered support||Users coming to the SESAME laboratory will find a group of trained scientists helping them in performing their research. The group running the beamline is typically composed of a senior scientist and a post-doc. The beamline scientist will be available on site or on call to solve experimental problems, and this is an added value according to the users’ feedback. The users operate in a multi-national and multi-disciplinary environment, which stimulates cooperation and cross-fertilisation. A guesthouse for on-site accommodation of users will be available from the start of the project.|
|Outreach to new users||SESAME will participate in NA2 dedicated to training and will be observer in NA3 dedicated to industry.
Further outreach activities, specific to the particular location and mission of SESAME are foreseen in the OPEN SESAME project.
|Review procedure||SESAME subscribes to the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics Recommendations for the Use of Major Physics Facilities. A Proposal Review Committee (PRC) is being set-up. It is expected to judge scientific proposals on the basis of:
Although the PRC has not yet been appointed, the rules for its operation have been defined. The PRC is an international advisory body setup by the SESAME director to advise SESAME on the assessment of user beamtime. If required, the Committee may be organized in thematic subcommittees. The PRC is responsible for evaluating the scientific and technological merit of user proposals on the basis of the above criteria, and for making recommendations on beamtime allocation to the SESAME director.
The PRC members are scientists appointed by the SESAME director after seeking suggestions from the members of SESAME’s Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC). They serve in an individual capacity and must not be associated with SESAME by a contractual arrangement.