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Signing of a new agreement between ESRF and INFN


The ESRF and the Italian national institute for nuclear physics, INFN, commit to continuing a long-standing collaboration of technical expertise.

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The ESRF – the European Synchrotron – and the INFN (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare) have signed a collaboration agreement in the presence of Teresa Castaldo, Ambassador of Italy in France, Geneviève Fioraso, former French Minister for Research and Higher Education, and Gabriele Fioni, Rector for Research, innovation and Higher Education in Auvergne Rhône-Alpes. This agreement strengthens a long-standing collaboration, with the aim to continue pushing the frontiers of X-ray technology for the benefit of Europe.

The ESRF and INFN have a long history of collaboration, dating back to the beginning of the ESRF and the design of the first ESRF machine in 1988. Since 2011, this collaboration has been strengthened further with the conception, engineering design and commissioning of the ESRF’s Extremely Brilliant Source (EBS), a new generation of synchrotron that started operation on 25 August 2020, providing the European and international scientific community with the brightest X-rays to open a new era of synchrotron science. Thanks to its expertise, the INFN assisted in all aspects of the design and construction of the vacuum system, a key component of ESRF-EBS.

The new ESRF-INFN agreement will be key to continue advancing R&D accelerator projects, especially to enhance the performances of the Extremely Brilliant Source. It results in an exchange of expertise and a strengthening of technical assistance between the ESRF and INFN.