Profile_IMG_1925The third-generation Italian synchrotron radiation facility Elettra has been serving the national and international scientific and industrial community since 1993. Elettra has been completely revised and upgraded in 2009. From 2010 operates in top-up mode for users. Elettra is the only third-generation synchrotron radiation source in the world that operates routinely for users at two different electron energies: 2.0 GeV for enhanced extended ultraviolet performance and spectroscopic applications, and 2.4 GeV for enhanced x-ray emission and diffraction applications.
The radiation beams propagate through beamlines to reach experimental stations where an array of different analytical and processing techniques is available. The resulting light, ten billion times brighter than that supplied by conventional sources, enables a broad spectrum of users from academic institutions and industry to gain access to advanced research capabilities and techniques and conduct state-of-the-art experiments in physics, chemistry, biology, life sciences, environmental science, medicine, forensic science, and cultural heritage.

    • The first light was set in 1994, operated in TopUp mode since 2010, the Conceptual Design for Elettra 2.0 is ongoing.

  • In Trieste there are two advanced light sources, the electron storage ring Elettra and the free-electron laser (FEL) FERMI.

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Italy, Trieste

Energy: 2 GeV (75% of time), 2.4 GeV (25% of time)
Current: 310 mA, 150 mA
Operational Beamlines: 28
Horizontal emittance: 7 nm rad, 10 nm rad
Vertical emittance: 70 nm rad, 100 nm rad

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