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
Access restrictions due to the current situation with the spread of the corona virus.
- The ASTRID2 facility is now running again after several weeks of shutdown due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Due to current restrictions we are still not able to offer beamtime to all users at this time. As restrictions are changed to allow travel to Denmark, users will be contacted in order to schedule beamtime for their experiments to go ahead. If you have any questions please contact the relevant beamline scientist. Updated: 17th June 2020
Special requests for beam time for research related to COVID-19
Despite the current restrictions, if you have a project which aims to advance research into COVID-19 we will accept proposals at any time and if feasible will allocate beam time to the project. If you have any questions, or would like to submit a proposal please contact .
|15th May 2020||
Research at LEAPS facilities fighting COVID-19
Zheshen Li (MatLine) Søren V. Hoffmann (AU-UV, AU-CD) Nyk Jones (AU-UV, AU-CD) Marco Bianchi (SGM3)
Call for proposals - Closed!
- The call for proposals for beam time in 2020 is closed. However if you are interested in applying for beam time on one of the ASTRID2 beam lines, then it may still be possible. Please read the information contained in the link below and contact the relevant beam line scientist to see if there is time available.
ISA welcomes applications, from national or international groups, for access to any of the ISA research facilities.
First Biennial conference “LEAPS meets Quantum Technology”; contact for further information.
In 2018 ASTRID2 provided 36 weeks of user beam time to the 6 operational beam lines. In 2019, user beam provision continues with normal operation at 180 mA top-up, while machine physics studies are ongoing in order to improve stability and lifetime of the beam. The newest beam line, SGM4, has been constructed and the monochromator commissioned.
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. In early 2016 the newest beam line, AMOLine, was commissioned.
For information about visiting the facility and how to arrange a tour, please read the information on this page.
The Danish Minister for Research, Innovation and Higher Education, Morten Østergaard, officially opened the ASTRID2 facility on Monday the 10th September 2012.
View more publications for the beam lines: SGM3, Matline, AU-CD, AU-UV.
‘Learning to run again’: – a webinar on the challenges for synchrotrons and FELs to restore effective operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click to read more...
|3/4 June 2019||
ISA hosted the 2nd Annual Meeting of the CALIPSOplus H2020 programme. Group Photo.
|22 May 2019||
Article in Nature Reviews about LEAPS: European accelerator-based photon sources join forces.
|24th April 2019||
Article in the Omnibus: Danskerne holder deres arbejds- og privatliv meget adskilt (only in Danish)
The new materials-science end-station at MATLINE at ASTRID2 was inaugurated on Tuesday 9th of April 2019. Click to read more...
Article in "Physics Today": Europe’s user facilities find strength in numbers. Click to read more...
LEAPS join forces with the European Commission to strengthen Europe’s leading role in science Click here to read more...
Last Modified 26 June 2020