ISA is a Danish National Facility where research is carried out over a wide range of the natural and life sciences, including fundamental physics, material science, molecular biology and laboratory astrophysics, using accelerators and storage rings.
Access to ISA
Call for proposals
- There is currently an open call for proposals for beam time on ASTRID2. If you are interested in applying for beam time on one of the ASTRID2 beam lines please read the information
contained in the link below. The deadline for submission of proposals is the 15th of November 2015.
Proposals for beam time in the period January 2016 to December 2016.
ISA welcomes applications, from national or international groups, for access to any of the ISA research facilities.
ASTRID2 in the news...
The Rosetta Mission
After a journey of over 6.5 billion kilometres and 10 years in space the Rosetta satellite arrived at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on the 6th of August 2014. At 10:00 (CET) on Wednesday the 12th of November 2014 the Philae
lander will be ejected from the satellite, landing on the comet seven hours later. The lander contains an instrument platform with 9 experiments, which will be used to study the composition of the comet.
The ring is now fully operational and in 2014 provided 26 weeks of user beam time, while continuing to upgrade elements of the ASTRID2 ring to improve performance. In 2015, user beam provision continues while final modifications to the bumper magnets were carried out to allow higher currents to be stored and a Landau cavity to improve beam stability was installed.
A brief history of ASTRID2
In 2008 ISA was awarded money to build a new high brilliance synchrotron storage ring, ASTRID2. Construction of the ring began in 2011 and by April 2012 the whole ring was under vacuum and ready for testing. The first beam was injected into the ASTRID2 ring on Monday 14th May 2012 and the first full turn of ASTRID2 was accomplished on Tuesday the 10th July 2012. On the 7th of August electrons circulated the ring for almost 200 µs (1300 turns of the ring). On the 2nd of November 2012 a stored beam with RF was acheived for the first time. Commissioning of ASTRID2 proceeded well in 2013 and on the 13th of September 2013 200 mA of current was stored in ASTRID2 and top-up at 200 mA successful. In December 2013 the first external user came to do experiments on the AU-UV beam line. 2014 saw the commissioning of the AU-SGM3, AU-Matline and AU-CD beam lines, with all beam lines fully operational by mid 2014.
The Danish Minister for Research, Innovation and Higher Education, Morten Østergaard, officially opened the ASTRID2 facility on Monday the 10th September 2012.
ASTRID2 and the Rosetta Mission. Click here to read more about how ASTRID2 is involved in the Rosetta Mission...
First official user of ASTRID2. Click here to read more about the experiments that are being performed.
200 mA of current stored in ASTRID2! Top-up at 200 mA successful.
First light in a beam line on the new ring ASTRID2. With only 1 mA of stored beam in ASTRID2 we opened up to the AU-UV beam line for initial tests.
First stored beam with RF in ASTRID2! It was also possible to accumulate a beam in the new ring.
The Inauguration of ASTRID2 was on Monday the 10th September 2012.
On Thursday 6th September 2012 the Danish Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, visited the ASTRID2 facility. The visit to the new iNano building and ASTRID2 was filmed by AU TV. You can view the video here.
Electrons circulated the new ASTRID2 ring for almost 200 µs (1300 turns of the ring).
First full turn of injected electrons in ASTRID2.
New EU network oPAC supporting training researchers in accelerator science and technology.
Read about the some of the latest experiments performed on SGM2. Only in Danish Fysikoverraskelse: Elektrisk spænding opstår spontant i tyndfilm af lattergas
Last Modified 05 October 2015