2021: the Alba synchrotron begins its mutation
"10 years illuminating the unknown" is the current motto of the synchrotron (see image). And for many more years to come, since in December last year the ALBA Synchrotron Board gave the green light to start working on the ALBA II project in 2021, which will transform ALBA into a 4th generation synchrotron.

The 4th generation synchrotrons, compared to the 3rd generation ones, produce a much brighter beam of light with better coherence properties, providing matter analysis capabilities that are now inaccessible in terms of resolution, detection level and understanding of matter properties.

The ALBA II project envisages the transformation of the ALBA Synchrotron from 3rd to 4th generation through the partial replacement of its accelerator, the construction of new experimental beam lines and the upgrading of some components of the existing beam lines.

The design and construction of the ALBA II project will be carried out between 2021 and 2028, maintaining the current operation of the ALBA synchrotron. A technical shutdown is planned between 2029 and 2030 to install and test the new components, and research activity will resume in 2031.

Since its inauguration in 2010, the ALBA synchrotron has consolidated itself as an exceptional tool for science with more than 1,500 experiments published in over 1,300 articles in specialized magazines. The ALBA II project represents a leap forward that will allow this infrastructure to continue at the forefront of science, technology and innovation.

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