MAX IV Newsletter March 2017 Show in browser


A Word from the Director

At MAX IV the motto of the year 2017 is Starting User Operation!

21 March was the official beginning of spring. At the same time it was exactly 3/4 years after the MAX IV inauguration. What has happened since then?

We are returning to our roots, enabling science using synchrotron and working with external users. But since we want to do this at a world-leading technical standard, with much better user support, to a broader community, and with a high ambition in safety this is a challenge. It is in fact more difficult than I myself had thought.

But we are getting there. Already last year NanoMAX and BioMAX succeeded in doing a few user experiments and receiving about a dozen scientists. All involved got very encouraging and positive feedback!

In 2017 we estimate that we will have 30-50 experiments resulting in about 100-150 scientists coming to MAX IV. Planning and executing the experiments, receiving and training the users, and last but not least analysing the data will keep us busy.

Already now we can say that the Users Meeting 2017 was a highlight. We attracted about 300 people from many disciplines of science, from all over Sweden and from many countries. Having presentations from ESS staff gave us a first glimpse of Brunnshög will be in the future.

The Users Meeting was surrounded by several workshops (IR & Medical imaging in Uppsala, High-Data-Rate and Low-Density-Matter in Lund), which also each attracted many good people. Taken together we had around 500 people at MAX IV; a very impressive number showing the interest by the community and the potential for the future.

Spring is (almost) in the air, during April we will get the next users, and we will get many new colleagues. I hope you agree: Never a dull moment at MAX IV!

Thanks for being part of the community that invests in and uses the brightest X-ray source in the world,


Christoph Quitmann, Director MAX IV Laboratory

Updated Strategy Report

Late autumn MAX IV submitted an updated Strategy Report to the Swedish Research Council. The Stratey Report serves as basis for decisions regarding continued operation and development of the facility, primarily for the period 2019-2023. Both the Strategy Plan 2013-2026 and the now updated and submitted Strategy Report are available here.

Swedish and Canadian light sources cooperating to advance science and innovation

His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf and His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada presided over the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Swedish and Canadian national synchrotron light sources. Read more.

MAX IV User Meeting 2017

During three days in March over 300 Swedish and international users met in Lund to learn more about MAX IV. Future research opportunities, development and the upgrade of the MAX IV accelerator where discussed in over sixty different workshops and seminars. The opportunities that European Spallation Source, ESS, will provide were also a topic that was discussed.

The workshops were divided into four themes - Life Science, Environmental & Earth Science, New Materials & Energy and Quantum Systems & Processes, showing the breadth of the research in which MAX IV can be a useful tool.

UM17 Best Poster Prize

Katarina Koruza received UM17 Poster prize.

UM17 Best Thesis Award

Jonas Engqvist received UM17 Best Thesis award for Mechanical behaviour of glassy polymers: experiments and modelling

Users from academia at MAX IV

MAX IV now has regular users from academia. They will conduct experiments at either one of the two beamlines BioMAX and NanoMAX.

In July and August, we will have the annual shut down for scheduled maintenance and further installations. After the summer MAX IV can accommodate users on the beamlines HIPPIE, Veritas and Balder. 

Read more:

First user experiment at MAX IV

First users at BioMAX

First Danish researchers receive data from MAX IV

RACIRI Summer School 2017

The RACIRI Summer School takes place in Sweden, 19-26 August 2017. The schools special focus theme is: Grand Challenges and Opportunities with the Best X-ray and Neutron Sources.

The RACIRI Summer School is a joint initiative by Russia, Sweden and Germany in the collaborative framework of the Röntgen-Angström-Cluster (RAC) and the Ioffe-Röntgen-Institute (IRI).

Read more and apply here.

The Bridge 2017

MAX IV is one of the founders of The Bridge