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Research & Development


The design and construction, and today the operation of SOLEIL's beamlines and accelerators relies on the work of technical support groups: Optic, Detectors, Mechanical engineering, Electronics, Computing, Alignment and Metrology, Magnetism, Power supplies, Ultra-high vaccum, Diagnoses, Radiofrequency, ... These groups conduct many Research & Developments programs, in-house or in collaboration with other laboratories or companies, to provide SOLEIL's users with experimental facilities that rank among the most competitive in the world.

Their objectives: develop cutting edge equipments, tailored to the scientists' needs and constraints.

Technological advances


Since the design, then construction and today operation phases of SOLEIL's, the Research & Developments program conducted by the support groups and the beamlines lead to many technological advances.

Improvement of the performances of the accelerators, cutting edge optic devices on the beamlines, more and more performing detectors, ... Some of these innovations are subject of industrial partnerships et technology transfers.

Available Support Laboratories


SOLEIL is present beside the users to help them prepare and carry out their experiments, thanks to the equipment and expertise of the teams of several laboratories located in the synchrotron building, close to the beamlines.


Biology Laboratory

Chemistry Laboratory

Surface Laboratory

High-Pressure Laboratory

Microfluidics Laboratory

Ancient Material Laboratory