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LE RAYON DE SOLEIL - N°22 the synchrotron magazine

Decembre 2012.
On November 6, 2002, SOLEIL was granted permission from the Saint-Aubin local authority to build a synchrotron on the Orme des Merisiers site. In the last ten years, the SOLEIL teams have succeeded in designing, constructing and deploying one of the best synchrotrons in the world. We have made some ambitious decisions during our quest to achieve scientific excellence and to share our know-how, and their relevance is evident today: SOLEIL’s sources and accelerators are given as examples...

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Research at SOLEIL 

SOLEIL's strategic plans 
SOLEIL is focusing its efforts and performances on four strategic areas: chemistry and physical chemistry, biology and health, complex materials and ancient materials, and finally physics. PDF icon Lire la suite (559.87 KB)

Customized optimization of SOLEIL beamlines 
SOLEIL has 29 beamlines planned for 2015, of which 26 are already operating today. To be able to conduct the research needed by those who designed and run these beamlines, as well as the scientific communities who ask to use them, all groups at SOLEIL are mobilized. PDF icon Lire la suite (720.36 KB)

The SOLEIL beamlines 
At SOLEIL, the beamlines provide access to one of the broadest energy ranges of all existing synchrotrons. PDF icon Lire la suite (461.04 KB)


Building assets 
10 years construction at SOLEIL. PDF icon Lire la suite (1.37 MB)


SOLEIL accelerators specificities and innovative aspects 
Ten years after the starting of its construction and after five years of operation, SOLEIL delivers photons to 27 beamlines with five possible filling patterns, all in Top-up injection mode. PDF icon Lire la suite (683.55 KB)

Computing and controls at SOLEIL 
A little over 10 years ago, nothing had yet been set up in terms of computer networks or control systems. The Computing Division was faced with a tight schedule and limited resources. A look back at the choices made and their consequences today. PDF icon Lire la suite (567.6 KB)

Portrait : Hélène ROZELOT, head of planning and quality assurance 
"In my opinion, making people who are engaged in a transverse project more involved by organizing them into "project groups", thus valorizing all actors in the project and allowing them to have an overview, is, for example, one approach." PDF icon Lire la suite (436.65 KB)

Focus on research

Interdisciplinarity research and results obtained on :
Crystallization of quantum dots within a 3D biomimetic template SWING
Generating new physical properties using the crystallization of nanoparticles is highly challenging. The design of such new materials with unexpected physical properties is thus the major motivation in the investigation of new strategies for controlling the crystallization of nanoparticles PDF icon Lire la suite (984.03 KB)

The 3D structure of surface proteins of the chikungunya virus has been elucidated PROXIMA 1
The chikungunya virus, spread by mosquitoes, causes infections the symptoms of which (severe joint pain), are similar to those of the dengue virus.PDF icon Lire la suite (984.03 KB)

Imaging molecular potentials of ‘hidden’ states PLEIADES
A knowledge of electrondensity distributions and potential energy surfaces of molecules is a key for predicting the physical properties and chemical reactivity of molecules.PDF icon Lire la suite (984.03 KB)

Single bulk dislocations revealed by coherent x-rays in silicon CRISTAL
Dislocations are linear defects of crystals. They are involved in most of the physical properties of the crystals: mechanical properties of materials, electronic properties of semiconductors…PDF icon Lire la suite (984.03 KB)

An unprecedented structure of Re oxyde evidenced by operando XAS and Raman SAMBA
Because of its high selectivity and the conciseness of the number of reactions required, the catalytic conversion of alcohols is an elegant way of yielding valuable products from biomass.PDF icon Lire la suite (984.03 KB)​​​​​​​

Towards oxide-based multi-functional transistors​​​​​​​ CASSIOPEE
In the last 50 years, personal electronic devices have reshaped the ways we live, communicate and work. This revolution was made possible by the engineering of metal-oxide-semiconductor field effect transistors (MOSFETs), the two-dimensional electron gases (2DEGs) at the core of components for today’s electronic devices.PDF icon Lire la suite (984.03 KB)​​​​​​​


Industrial partnerships and business development at SOLEIL: contributing to strengthening the competitiveness of companies 
As one of its mission statements, SOLEIL aims to position itself as a key source of R&D and technological innovation for the business world. PDF icon Lire la suite (628.27 KB)


SOLEIL's partnerships: design, build and implement together 
Research is definitely a collective venture and SOLEIL is constantly interacting with its environment: its communities of users, its European and international counterparts, as well as institutional, industrial, economic and educational bodies who request its services. SOLEIL is forging partnerships with many players. PDF icon Lire la suite (545.99 KB)


Science and society, an everyday commitment 
SOLEIL is an interdisciplinary place and it wanted to meet the expectations of its shareholders and partners by becoming a center for the exchange and dissemination of scientific and technical information for all. [+] PDF icon Lire la suite (535.76 KB)