Summer is approaching and will bring a well-deserved break for our staff and our users.
The last year has been nothing less than a wild roller coaster ride for MAX IV – we went through legitimate external scrutiny, a management change and have had to put large parts of our project organization on new feet. The MAX IV staff has performed exceptionally well and now, 12 months later, we can see the rewards: Together with our excellent engineering, technical, and scientific staff, clear priorities and timelines made it possible to progress from 3 beamlines open to users to 8 to start accepting users this autumn and 10 that we will offer through the next user call.
In particular, accelerators are performing beautifully, and all five beamlines planned for the 1.5 GeV ring have seen the light, including FinEstBeAMS which is now serving users and the 3 transfer beamlines from MAX-lab: MAXPEEM, SPECIES and FlexPES which are now in commissioning.
Our administrative procedures are ready to see a two-fold increase in users from last year to this year and another doubling into next year. The new science coming out from the first user experiments is already evident and very exciting.
Delivering on our promises will demand that we keep up this pace and high quality of work, and I am confident about this. The approaching summer implies for some of our staff that they soon will steam full speed into the next shutdown with a number of important installations for machine and beamlines in order to welcome users for the autumn run.
I want to recognize the outstanding work by everyone at MAX IV that has made and is making, these accomplishments possible. I wish everyone a nice summer, with ample time away from MAX IV and hope to see you back in autumn to continue on our common exciting journey.
Interim Director, MAX IV