Today, the ESRF has reached the peak of its Upgrade Programme Phase I, with the first Upgrade Beamlines open for users and many more to follow by the end of 2015. Significantly, the performance of the ESRF has not dropped significantly despite heavy works. The X-ray source performs better than ever and although the time available for user operations and the number of open beamlines is slightly lower due to construction-related shutdowns, the interest in the ESRF remains high and the number of proposals does not decrease, on the contrary!
The first phase of the Upgrade from 2009 to 2015 will deliver:
The second phase of the ESRF Upgrade Programme will cover new developments from 2015 to 2018 and beyond, and a proposal is currently being elaborated with users, external experts and the ESRF funding bodies (see: Supercharging the source).
- The ESRF Upgrade science case
- Beamline portfolio 2015
- Beamline performance improvements
- Accelerator and X-ray source improvements
- Synchrotron radiation instrumentation
- New buildings
The March 2012 Edition of the ESRFNews featured the ESRF Upgrade. To register for a free subscription and to rapidly receive the current and future issues, please go to: ESRFNews Digital Edition Subscription.
View of the main experimental hall with its new extension buildings to the left and right in the foreground, September 2013.