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Workshops and Seminars 

 Magnetization of Fe3O4 and Co-doped Fe3O4 islands by XMCD-PEEM
Lundi 30 janvier 2017 - 14 h - Amphithéâtre SOLEIL

 New Detectors for New Photon Science
Lundi 9 janvier 2017 - 14 h - Amphithéâtre SOLEIL

La gestion des données de recherche à l’heure de l’Open Science
Vendredi 16 décembre 2016 - 10 h - Amphithéâtre SOLEIL

Action Nationale de Formation du Réseau Technologique MFM « Microscopie ultraviolette »
Du 14 au 16 novembre 2016, Synchrotron SOLEIL, Saint-Aubin, Gif-sur-Yvette, France

Developments in X-ray Optics at the ESRF
Jeudi 17 novembre - 14 h - Amphithéâtre SOLEIL

Toward atomically-precise synthesis of supported Pt nanoparticles using Atomic Layer Deposition
Lundi 28 novembre 2016 - 14 h - Amphithéâtre SOLEIL

SOLEIL Users' Meeting 2017

19 et 20 janvier 2017

  • Satellite Workshops :
    HiRIS3-2017, le 18 janvier 2017
    LiXS2017, les 17 et 18 janvier 2017

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

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


Live Science 

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]

High resolution VUV spectroscopy: when laboratory measurements enlighten space


Recently, an experimental branch, dedicated to UV and VUV absorption spectroscopy in the gas phase, was designed and installed on the DESIRS beamline. This branch combines a unique ultrahigh-resolution spectrometer with a multi-purpose vacuum chamber, which can accommodate various sample environments, to simulate the conditions encountered in different regions of space. [Full story]


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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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