ESRF Upgrade Programme

An X-ray vision

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!

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The first phase of the Upgrade from 2009 to 2015 will deliver:

  • Eight Upgrade Beamline projects with capabilities unique in the world, comprising 11 different beamlines with 15 independently operable end stations
  • Complete or partial refurbishment of the remaining ESRF beamlines, and of many CRG beamlines, to maintain them at world-class level
  • Improvements to the X-ray source to maintain world-leading beam availability, stability and brilliance
  • New state-of-the-art instrumentation, driven by the needs of the new beamlines, notably in X-ray mirror engineering, diamond technologies, nano-focussing optics, pixel detectors, on-line data analysis and high-rate data collection
  • New buildings for long beamlines, support laboratories and offices


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 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.


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View of the main experimental hall with its new extension buildings to the left and right in the foreground, September 2013.


Between 2007 and 2010, the ESRF Upgrade Programme received financial support from a grant under Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union. For details, please see: The ESRFUP project.

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