Acquire ESRF technologies

 As a world leading synchrotron, the ESRF has developed unique technologies and equipment that makes it one of the most productive synchrotrons worldwide. The ESRF believes that these innovations which are used daily for its own user programmes, should also be of benefit to other institutes and industry.


Selected developments and technologies are available directly from the ESRF or under a license as a technology transfer to industry. It is on this basis that the ESRF has developed its first spin-off, Small Infinity, for the commercialisation of first-class atomic force microscopes (AFM).

Our technology transfer policy

  • promotes the use of ESRF technologies to benefit society through licensing to companies who turn them into successful commercial products
  • supports the innovative goal of the ESRF by generating licensing income which is recycled to our user and development programmes, and contributes to the recognition of the inventors
  • develops partnerships with local and international industrial networks.


For more information, please contact Dr Edward Mitchell, Head of Business Development.


Our in-house production

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Beamline Instrumentation


Crystal optics


The Crystal Laboratory manufactures perfect monochromator crystals for all ESRF beamlines. Most crystals are made from top purity silicon float zone ingots 100 mm in diameter and up to 1 m long.
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Miniature ionisation chamber


A small windowless ionisation chamber was developed for monitoring and correcting the intensity of an incoming microbeam. Kocsis M. and Somogyi A. - "Miniature ionization chamber detector" - Journal of Synchrotron Radiation - Vol.10 - pp.187-190 - 2003.
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Storage Ring Instrumentation


Magnetic measuring bench


The Insertion Device field measurement systems developed at the ESRF incorporate 18 years of experience. More than 100 devices (undulators, wigglers, helical undulators, in-vacuum undulators) have been successfully processed with accurate and fast measuring systems.
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Control and Data Analysis


PCI time-to-digital converter


C111 (or P111) is a simple to use yet powerful time-to-digital converter (TDC) implemented in the CompactPCI (or PCI) format. Both variants are 100% compatible.
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ASG217 is a 16-channel pre-amplifier/discriminator developed to meet the requirements of parallel binary readout of gaseous detectors such as wire chambers. Each individual channel features a DAC for fine discriminator threshold setting.
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MUSST is an NIM module that produces trigger patterns synchronised with external events. A trigger pattern is a sequence of trigger output signals that can be adapted to the specific needs of a particular experiment and used to synchronise the different beamline components involved. In addition, the built-in data storage capability makes it possible to use the module as a data acquisition unit.
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IcePAP - intelligent motor control system

IcePAP is a motor control system developed at the ESRF and optimised for high-resolution position applications. The emphasis has been put on covering most of the requirements of synchrotron radiation experiments at the ESRF beamlines.
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MAXIPIX (Multichip Assembly for X-ray Imaging based on a photon counting pixel array) is an in-house developed detector exploiting the Medipix2 readout chip. It was developed in order to meet the growing needs of ESRF beamlines for fast and/or noise-free X-ray area detectors with small pixels, in particular in XPCS, microSAXS, inelastic scattering and surface diffraction.  More information
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2D gas detector

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