Possibilities with ESS and MAX IV Discussed at MAX-lab User Meeting

On September 24-26 MAX-lab, the synchrotron facility in Lund, organised its 25th Annual User Meeting in Lund, Sweden.

In addition to reporting on the existing activity through status reports, user highlights and posters, the meeting focused on the future and the MAX IV projects. In order to make the most out of the two neighboring world-class large-scale facilities ESS and MAX IV, one of the sessions was devoted to identifying synergy effects. The session was chaired by Axel Steuwer (ESS) and Yngve Cerenius (MAX IV) and attracted about 40 participants. Invited speakers from existing scattering facilities, industry and universities gave their input on the potential challenges and opportunities ahead of us, making it a very successful get-together full of fruitful discussions.

Among the many interesting talks Sine Larsen, MAX IV, presented the vision for the land in between the two facilities, the district called the Lund Science Village. The Lund Science Village is owned by Lund University, the municipality of Lund and Lundamark AB and covers 160 000 square metres. It is to become the world’s best research and innovation environment with one of its aims to serve as a bridge between the two research facilities, for example by offering joint facilities such as a canteen, guesthouse and labs. Close collaborations between ESS and MAX IV will be needed for this to come true.

A second speaker was Anna Stenstam, one of the founders of the company Colloidal Resource, who talked about how to attract industry to make use of ESS and MAXIV. As an example she talked about Colloidal Resource and its role as a bridge between academia and society through which academic resources and a genuine understanding are offered to the business world at the same time as interesting questions and systems are brought into academia.

One of the pioneers when it comes to using both neutrons and X-rays Lise Arleth, University of Copenhagen, presented her views on when and how to combine these two powerful tools. As the combination is far from being fully exploited by the scientific community it is important to already now plan for the resources needed with regard to, for example, simultaneous scheduling of X-ray and neutron experiments.

The MAX IV Laboratory.