A new generation of high-energy synchrotron

ESRF–EBS (Extremely Brilliant Source) is the ESRF’s 150M€ facility upgrade, over 2015-2022, bringing its scientific users a first-of-a-kind, low-emittance, high-energy synchrotron light source and new, cutting-edge beamlines. With a revolutionary new storage ring concept that increases the brilliance and coherence of the X-ray beams produced by a factor of 100 compared to present-day light sources, ESRF–EBS represents a new generation of synchrotron and an extraordinary new tool for scientists to study the heart of matter.


A scientific and technological challenge

ESRF–EBS consists of four components:

  • A new storage ring based on an ESRF-developed hybrid multi-bend achromat (HMBA), producing extremely brilliant X-rays and open to users in 2020.

  • Four brand-new flagship beamlines over the period 2020-2022, covering a multitude of scientific techniques, making it possible to study the structure of matter at the atomic level in greater detail, with higher quality, much faster:

          -    EBSL1: Coherence applications – dynamics and imaging at the nanoscale;
          -    EBSL2: Hard X-ray diffraction microscopy on material complexity;
          -    EBSL3: High-throughput large-field phase-contrast tomography,
          -    EBSL8: Serial synchrotron crystallography on macromolecular nanocrystals.

  • An ambitious scientific instrumentation programme, including high-performance X-ray detectors.
  • A data strategy to fully exploit the performances of the new X-ray source.

New science to tackle global challenges

With its extremely brilliant X-rays and variety of pioneering scientific techniques, ESRF–EBS offers unprecedented tools for the exploration of matter and for the understanding of life at the macromolecular level, enabling scientists to address the major global challenges facing our society today, including:

  • Health innovation and biology
  • Climate and the environment
  • Energy and sustainable economy
  • Materials and innovative industry
  • World cultural heritage
  • Earth sciences and planetary research

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