SOLEIL Synchrotron

High-technologyfacility, SOLEIL is a verybrilliant electromagnetic radiation source. It is a cuttingedgepluridisciplinary researchlaboratory, a service platform open to all scientific and industrialcommunities, and a centre for exchanges wherewespread scientific and technicalknowledge.

SOLEIL, an acronym for “Optimized Light Source of Intermediate Energy to LURE* ,” is a research center located on the Plateau de Saclay in Saint Aubin, Essonne. More concretely, itis a particle (electron) acceleratorthatproduces the synchrotron radiation, an extremelypowerful light thatpermits exploration of inert or living matter..

SOLEIL is a source of light endowedwithextraordinaryproperties, necessary for the scientificcommunity:

  • high brilliance: 10,000 times brighterthan sunlight
  • a wide spectral range: frominfrared (a few μeV) to hard X-rays (100 keV)
  • light polarisation: linear, circular, etc.
  • pulsed light.

It provides new perspectives in the study of matterwith a resolution down to millionths of meters and a sensitivity to all types of materials.

SOLEIL covers fundamentalresearch needs in physics, chemistry, material sciences, life sciences (notably in the crystallography of biologicalmacromolecules), earth sciences, and atmospheric sciences. It offers the use of a wide range of spectroscopicmethodsfrominfrared to X-rays, and structural methodssuch as X-ray diffraction and diffusion.

In appliedresearch, SOLEIL canbeused in manyvariousfieldssuch as pharmacy, medicine, chemistry, petrochemistry, environment, nuclearenergy, and the automobile industry, as well as nanotechnologies, micromechanics and microelectronics, and more..…

SOLEIL also has a volunteerpolicy of openness to applications for industry and important national challenges (environment, energy, climate, archaeology and cultural heritage), with the intent to facilitatesmall and mid-sized businesses’ access to synchrotron radiation techniques.