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Making Movies of Molecules - The Science and Application of X-rays Lasers
Lundi 13 février 2017 - 14 h - Amphithéâtre SOLEIL

 Soutenance de thèse de Antoine MONTAUX LAMBERT : Conception d’un interféromètre large bande spectrale pour la métrologie et l’imagerie de phase sur sources synchrotron
Lundi 20 février 2017 - 16 h - Amphithéâtre SOLEIL

 Surface x-ray diffraction for operando characterisation of chemical reactions on surfaces
Lundi 27 février 2017 - 14 h - Amphithéâtre SOLEIL

 Emergence de la vie multicellulaire au Gabon et dynamique de l’oxygène : un nouveau chapitre de l'histoire de la vie vieux de 2.1 Milliards d'années 

Lundi 6 mars 2017 - 14 h - Amphithéâtre SOLEIL

International Workshop on Photoionization & Resonant Inelastic X-ray Scattering
26 au 31 Mars 2017 - Aussois

 Multiscale characterization of bone mineral: new perspectives in structural imaging using X-ray and electron diffraction contrast 
Lundi 27 mars 2017 - 14 h - Amphithéâtre SOLEIL

ARW 2017, the 6th Accelerator Reliability Workshop
October 15 to 20, 2017


Live Science 

10 years SOLEIL/INRA  

It is now 10 years since INRA and SOLEIL have engaged a fruitful collaboration, which relies on the presence of INRA who work on secondment on SOLEIL beamlines. A booklet, published in January 2017, gathers thirty examples of scientific researches resulting from this collaboration. Those examples focus on food and nutrition, health, plant biology and climate change, biotechnology… in other words: society’s major challenges, at the heart of INRA research. In this document, you will discover the decisive contribution of the different analytical techniques available at SOLEIL to those scietific results.

The 2017 booklet (written in English) follows a previous compilation (written in French) published in 2012.
[ See the booklet 2017 ]


New insights on aluminium corrosion layers for aircrafts’ preservation


Since the 1920’s, aluminium alloys have been widely used in the fields of transport and architecture.  Unfortunately, those alloys are very sensitive to the corrosion phenomenon. It is therefore paramount to fully understand those phenomena to preserve the important number of aluminium artefacts registered in museum collections, such as air and space museums. Scientists from the Research and Restauration Center of French Museums (C2RMF), PSL Research University, the Jean Lamour Institute (CNRS/Université de Lorraine) and the SOLEIL synchrotron used the LUCIA beamline’s X-ray to get new information about the components of those corrosion layers. [Full story]


Novel imaging approach reveals how ancient amulet was made


At 6000 years old, this copper amulet is the earliest lost-wax cast object known. Now, researchers have finally discovered how it was made, using a novel UV-visible photoluminescence spectral imaging approach. All the parameters of elaboration process, such as the purity of the copper, and melting and solidification temperatures, are now accurately known. This work has enabled the scientists to solve the mystery of the invention of lost-wax casting, a technique that led to art foundry. Resulting from a collaboration between researchers from the CNRS, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication and the SOLEIL synchrotron, the work is published on 15 november 2016 in the journal Nature Communications. [Read the Press Release


SOLEIL Users make progress towards a common vaccine against Zika and dengue viruses


The structure of an antibody in complex with the Zika virus envelope protein has been resolved thanks to data obtained on the PROXIMA1 and PROXIMA2A beamlines [Read more]

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The other SOLEIL news
Huge success for the course “The SOLEIL synchrotron, sciences and innovations”, intended for teachers.

Inescapable event of the beginning of the year, the course “SOLEIL synchrotron, sciences and innovations” broke a new record of attendance. It took place on 10th and 11th January 2017 and gathered 39 teachers from the Paris, Créteil and Versailles Academies (education authority).  [Full story]

Synchrotron SOLEIL draws upon photonics to measure the performance and safety of cosmetic products

Launched in 2013 in Cergy-Pontoise, the COSMETOMICS platform offers SMEs the means to develop raw materials and products through ‘open lab’ sessions that promote the development of new measuring instruments or testing techniques. The first open lab, specialising in Product Characterisation and Optimisation, along with Diagnostics on different scales, is bringing together a University (Cergy-Pontoise), a very large research infrastructure (Synchrotron SOLEIL), an SME (BioEC) and the Cosmetic Valley competitiveness cluster. Philippe Deblay, Head of Industrial Relations & Valorisation at SOLEIL, explains in an interview given to Cosmetic360 the challenges of the project.  

SOLEIL de Minuit 2016
the 30th of September

On the occasion of the Researchers' Night 2016, SOLEIL will open its gates and welcome the public on the 30th of September, from 6PM to midnight [Full story]

Amina Taleb-Ibrahimi appointed Scientific Director for Matter Sciences at SOLEIL

Research Director at the French National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS) and Deputy Scientific Director in charge of Very Large Research Infrastructures at the CNRS Physics Institute, Amina Taleb-Ibrahimi has just been appointed Scientific Director for Matter Sciences at the SOLEIL synchrotron facility, starting on September 1st, 2016. [Full story]

ANR 2016
Good results for SOLEIL

The first results of the National Research Agency 2016 call for projects have been released. With 5 projects selected over 28 submitted[1], the SOLEIL synchrotron facility presents a success rate of 17.9%, while the average selection rate is 12.5% for those collaborative research projects. All the SOLEIL projects accepted in phase I also have been accepted in phase II. This year’s results are in line with 2015, when 5 projects including SOLEIL were also selected. Even though SOLEIL did not submit a project in the ‘Young Researchers’ category[2], Mathieu Silly, beamline scientist on TEMPO, is involved in a YR project.

[1] Two projects were submitted in collaboration with teams from Singapore. The results will be released in September.

[2] Only one institution can be declared as referent. On a statistical point of view, SOLEIL is not considered as part of the project. 

A new record for SOLEIL’s accelerators

The “Second RUN” (beam period between two technical breaks) of 2016, from March 10th to April 25th, has been the best in SOLEIL’s history! During those 6 and a half weeks, the synchrotron teams made the beam available to users during 99,8% of the time, therefore beating the 99,7% record established during the first RUN of 2015.  [Full story]

Tribute to Michel Sommer

Michel Sommer was an internationally renowned accelerator physicist, a specialist in optical settings for storage rings. Father of the Super-ACO optics, he also contributed significantly to those of SOLEIL. He died on August 4th, 2015, aged 80. We look back on his career in his honor.  [Read more]

HERCULES, a multidisciplinary school for young scientists

From April 11th to April 15th 2016, SOLEIL hosted 19 students for the 26th HERCULES school promotion, the European school dedicated to Neutrons & Synchrotron Radiation for Science. Robin Delhom, from the Institut Laue-Langevin (Grenoble, France) and Stuart Miller from the University of Witmatersrand (Johannesburg, South-Africa) share their feedbacks. [Full story]

2015 in key figures

While the Peer Review Committees are working until April 29th on the beam time attribution from September 2016 to February 2017, let’s take a look on the 2015 statistics. [Read more]

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