Research begins at the SOLARIS synchrotron in Poland

SOLARIS synchrotron, Krakow - Poland

On October 2nd, 2018, scientists from Poland and abroad have started regular research at the Polish CERIC Partner Facility in Krakow, Poland, the National Synchrotron Radiation Centre SOLARIS.

For the moment, three end-stations are available at the SOLARIS synchrotron: PEEM (photoelectron microscopy), XAS (X-ray absorption spectroscopy) and UARPES (angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy). Beamtime was granted to scientists on a competition basis, through an open call for applications which closed on May 25th. The proposals were evaluated by an international commission.

Twenty-six experiments prepared by groups of scientists from eleven Polish and five foreign universities and research institutes, will be carried out at SOLARIS between October 2018 and the end of February 2019. Among the first users of the Kraków synchrotron are also researchers who were awarded beamtime through the open call launched by CERIC-ERIC.

Scientists will carry out research in the fields of physics, materials science and chemistry. They will investigate topological insulators, Dirac materials and superconductors, as well as the electronic properties of materials, magnetic interactions and the distribution of elements in materials. In the future, measurements may contribute to the development of more efficient photovoltaic cells, faster and more capacious hard disks or new electronic materials.

The SOLARIS calls for proposals will be announced by the SOLARIS synchrotron twice a year, in spring and autumn. The closest deadline for submitting applications is April 1, 2019.