Building a unique research infrastructure is an exciting and demanding task. Some things go as expected, others don't. In this newsletter we inform you about the good progress MAX IV has made as well as about the challenges we are facing.
Our challenge is to open as many beamlines to user as possible. This is not happening as fast as anticipated in the initial project plans, many of them dating back to 2011. While three beamlines (BioMAX, NanoMAX, HIPPIE) are available to users and are doing fantastic science, others are delayed. As reported on the web we have restructured our internal processes to speed up beamline delivery. One effect of that will be the first call for the Bloch and FinEstBeAMS beamlines to be published next week. It is painful to admit that we are delayed, but it is necessary for users to do their planning and for us to optimize our internal resources.
While we have to admit delays we are proud to report that so far all beamlines open to users are of excellent quality. In addition we now have 16 beamlines fully funded, compared to the original portfolio of 7 beamlines. So quality and quantity are assured.