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Swiss Light Source - SLS

The Swiss Light Source (SLS) at the Paul Scherrer Institut is a third-generation synchrotron light source. With an energy of 2.4 GeV, it provides photon beams of high brightness for research in materials science, biology and chemistry.
The SYN-department comprises four laboratories. Three laboratories (LSB, LSC, LSK) are centered around the Swiss Light Source (SLS). The fourth is the Laboratory for Micro- und Nanotechnology (LMN).

The operation of the beamlines at the SLS is split into three thematic areas:
Current operation status:




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Upcoming Events

I. Electron transport in self-assembled arrays of semiconductor nanocrystals
II. Perspectives on the funding of discovery-driven science in the US

Speaker Marc A. Kastner, Department of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA,USA
Monday, 4 August 2014 / Coffee 11:00 / Seminar 11:15 / WBGB/019
Contact G. Aeppli (4232)

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9. January 2014

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PSI summer school 2014

The PSI summer school 2014 on Condensed Matter Research will be organized at the Institut Montana in Zug, Switzerland from August 9-15, 2014. The topic of the school will be 'Exploring time, energy and length scales in condensed matter' and the school will be followed by hands-on practical training at the PSI large user facilities SINQ, SμS and SLS. Online registration and detailed information is available from the school's webpage.

Industrial use of the Swiss Light Source

The main goal of the SLS Techno Trans AG is to facilitate industrial use of the SLS. If you are not an expert in a particular technique or you are unsure of which technique is best suited for your application(s), we can help you. Our Mission is to coordinate any and all services for industrial/proprietary users - we are your one stop shop!
Please get in contact with us: SLS Techno Trans AG

News

15. May 2014

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Phase contrast improves mammography

Media Releases Medicine Human Health

Phase contrast X-ray imaging has enabled researchers at ETH Zurich, the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and the Kantonsspital Baden to perform mammographic imaging that allows greater precision in the assessment of breast cancer and its precursors. The technique could improve biopsy diagnostics and follow-up.

25. March 2014

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X-rays film inside live flying insects – in 3D

Media Releases Biology Research Using Synchrotron Light User Experiments

Scientists have used a particle accelerator to obtain high-speed 3D X-ray visualizations of the flight muscles of flies. The team from Oxford University, Imperial College, and the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) developed a groundbreaking new CT scanning technique at the PSI’s Swiss Light Source to allow them to film inside live flying insects. The movies offer a glimpse into the inner workings of one of nature’s most complex mechanisms, showing that structural deformations are the key to understanding how a fly controls its wingbeat.

6. March 2014

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Observed live with x-ray laser: electricity controls magnetism

Media Releases Research Using Synchrotron Light Materials Research Matter and Material SwissFEL

Researchers from ETH Zurich and the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI demonstrate how the magnetic structure can be altered quickly in novel materials. The effect could be used in efficient hard drives of the future.

6. February 2014

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X-ray tomography reaches 16 nm isotropic 3D resolution

Researchers at PSI reported a demonstration of X-ray tomography with an unmatched isotropic 3D resolution of 16 nm in Scientific Reports. The measurement was performed at the cSAXS beamline at the Swiss Light Source using a prototype instrument of the OMNY (tOMography Nano crYo) project. Whereas this prototype measures at room temperature and atmospheric pressure, the OMNY system, to be commissioned later this year, will provide a cryogenic sample environment in ultra-high vacuum without compromising imaging capabilities. The researchers believe that such a combination of advanced imaging with state-of-the-art instrumentation is a promising path to fill the resolution gap between electron microscopy and X-ray imaging, also in case of radiation-sensitive materials such as polymer structures and biological systems.

16. January 2014

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SwissFEL Undulator Prototype in the Injector Test facility - self-amplified spontaneous emission achieved

On December 5th, the 17 tons SwissFEL undulator prototype (In-vacuum Undulator U15) has been successfully moved from the Undulator lab (SLS) to the SwissFEL Injector Test Facility (SITF). The commissioning of the U15 prototype with electron beam is an important step to validate the U15 design and also to detect possible improvements before full series production. At first, the alignment procedure of the U15 segment with the electron beam has been tested. The test was extremely successful - the beginning of the SASE (self-amplified spontaneous emission) amplification could be seen last night. Please watch the short movie SASE.

9. January 2014

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International Year of Crystallography 2014 - Paul Scherrer Institut is IYCr Supporter

The International Year of Crystallography 2014 (IYCr2014) commemorates not only the centennial of X-ray diffraction, which allowed the detailed study of crystalline material, but also the 400th anniversary of Kepler’s observation in 1611 of the symmetrical form of ice crystals, which began the wider study of the role of symmetry in matter. Twenty two large-scale facilities, among them the SLS, sponsor the UNESCO/IUCr Open Labs and Summit Meetings initiatives during the International Year of Crystallography - see IYCr Supporter.

6. January 2014

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Super-volcano triggers recreated in X-ray laboratory

Scientists have reproduced conditions inside the magma chamber of a super-volcano to understand what it takes to trigger its explosion. These rare events represent the biggest natural catastrophes on Earth except for the impact of giant meteorites. Using synchrotron X-rays, the scientists established that super volcano eruptions may occur spontaneously, driven only by magma pressure without the need for an external trigger. The results are published in Nature Geoscience, online publication, January 2014.
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Call for Proposals

PX Beamlines ("X06SA", "X06DA", "X10SA") The submission deadline has been reached and the proposals are under evaluation.

More Information

All other beamlines: Call is closed | Next call on August 8, 2014

EU Support for SLS-non-PX-users

European users will have access to SLS through the EU Transnational Access Programme (CALIPSO). The level of access will be in accordance with agreed level of EU funding.
Find the complete information on the
EU Access Programmes Webpage

Effective March 1, 2012 the funding for travel support and daily allowances will be only available through a application at BioStruct-X.
Find the complete information on the
EU Access Programmes Webpage

PSI Summer School August 09-15, 2014

The PSI summer school 2014 on condensed matter research.
School's Website
Deadlines:
Grant application: April 30, 2014
Registration: June 30, 2014


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