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ALBA is the Spanish 3rd generation synchrotron light source and constitutes the largest scientific infrastructure in the country. The facility, located near Barcelona, consists of the accelerator systems providing 3 GeV electron beam and several experimental beamlines, with photon energies currently ranging from infrared up to hard X-rays of tens of KeV. Different synchrotron radiation techniques are available including diffraction, spectroscopies and imaging.

  • ALBA is now facing its upgrade to ALBA II, a 4th generation facility, which will increase dramatically brightness and coherent flux.
  • ALBA was opened to users in May 2012.
  • At the moment it has 10 operational beamlines and 4 more are under construction or commissioning (MINERVA, FAXTOR, XAIRA and 3SBar).

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Spain, Barcelona, Cerdanyola del Vallès

Energy: 3 GeV
Current: up to 250 mA
Operational Beamlines: 10
Horizontal emittance: 4.3 nm rad
Vertical emittance: 28 pm rad

Call for proposals
ALBA has two calls per year which cover beamtime for the first and second semester. Opening of the call is foreseen in July and January with deadlines in September and February respectively.
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