WP20: TA15 – Trans-national Access to SOLEIL
Provision of access to the following infrastructure(s): SOLEIL
Description of the infrastructure
SOLEIL is the French national 2,75 GeV third generation synchrotron installation. CNRS and the CEA created the public company SOLEIL Synchrotron, called to lead the construction and then the operation of SOLEIL. Alongside them, the Region Ile de France and the Conseil General de l’Essonne have ensured nearly 80% of capital costs. The Region Centre is also a SOLEIL partner.
The SOLEIL Synchrotron (SOLEIL beamlines portfolio) started its operation in 2006 and is at the cutting edge of third generation performances, in its energy range, with an exceptional effort in stability and brilliance achievements, as recognised by its international Scientific Advisory Committee. Insertion devices (ID) have been optimised for each ID beamline, with original and unique solution at low energy (electromagnetic undulators HU640, HU256). Topping up injection, single bunch, eight bunch, low alpha modes are available since 2009, and routinely achieved since 2010. Operation is now reached at 500mA. SOLEIL offers a unique panorama of experiments (11 beamlines open to users in 2008, 20 in 2011 and 27 in 2016, 29 in 2017), in surface and material science (with emphasis given on microspectroscopies, high resolution, magnetism, chemistry), environmental and earth science, very dilute species, biology (crystallography, absorption, small angle scattering, fluorescence, IR microscopy). Areas of excellence are time resolved experiment both in X-ray range (diffraction, photoemission) and in the softer energy range (coincidences spectroscopies at ultrahigh resolution), an extensive use of versatile photon polarisations (dichroism studies), fully automated protein crystallography beamlines, a dedicated radioactive elements beamline etc. Special emphasis is given towards cultural heritage material studies with an achieved dedicated platform (IPANEMA), as well as a global approach in life science from the molecule to cells and tissue investigation. Imaging at SOLEIL is present on numerous beamlines and will be reinforced in the very next future with the opening of Nanoscopium and Anatomix optimised for nanometer 2D and 3D imaging.
|Name of the infrastructure (and
its installations, if applicable)
|Location of the infrastructure||Saint Aubin 91192, FRANCE|
|Services currently offered by the infrastructure||Beamlines are open to users by mean of peer review (PRC) selected proposals. In the frame of CALIPSOplus, 29 BLs will be open.
SOLEIL offers a range of access modes to ensure that the different user needs can be met: Standard Projects, Block Allocation Groups, Long term proposals . In addition rapid access mode is also proposed.
SOLEIL will provide encompassing support to its scientific users as this is required to bring guest experiments to a success. For the scientific support, SOLEIL has experienced beamline scientists, who will take care of the users and of their approaches, not only while running the experiment at the beamline, where they will provide hands-on support: they will also participate in the preparation of the user experiments both when the users are on site (i.e. sample preparation and adaptation, practical introduction to the beamline equipment), but also before, i.e., giving advice at the home institute – usually via e-mail discussions.
Modality of access & application procedure
|Modality of access||Access to SOLEIL will allow the European research community to perform their specific experiments using synchrotron from IR radiation to hard X-rays, as provided by the large set of available beamlines.
Calls for proposal:
Call for proposals are published twice a year, published via email lists targeted to the scientific community.
Typical duration of a project is four days, scheduled in advance by beamline managers through SUNset system after proposal approval.
|Offered support||Practical on-site support to users will include space for the preparation of the respective equipment of the users, access to chemical, biology, surfaces and high pressure laboratories for sample preparation, access to office communication and computer facilities (also via internet) and library services. Besides the beamline scientists, there will be a user office for logistic and administrative help. The user office will assist in arranging travel, accommodation and take care of contractual issues as well as travel reimbursements.
More information about the Trans-national Access funding by SOLEIL you will find here.
|Outreach to new users||Beamline data sheets are also available on wayforlight.eu. Find more information here: infrastructure SOLEIL@wayforlight.eu and SOLEIL firstname.lastname@example.org.
New users are attracted by a number of means:
|Review procedure||Proposals are submitted twice a year. Technical assessments are done by SOLEIL staff before scientific quality or technical novelty assessment. Safety and ethical assessments are done only on accepted proposals.
SOLEIL operates a peer review evaluation for the allocation of beamtime for non-proprietary research. Six selection panels have been defined to cover the wide range of scientific area:
Each review panel comprises a sufficient number of international experts to cover the main sub-areas of its discipline.