THE ALBA SYNCHROTRON
ALBA is the Spanish synchrotron light source. It is a complex of electron accelerators to produce synchrotron light, which allows visualization and analysis of matter and its properties at atomic and molecular levels.
ALBA is in operation since May 2012 and has seven beamlines which are able to perform experiments in different scientific fields: physics, chemistry, life sciences, materials science, cultural heritage, biology, nanotechnology and others fields. The construction of two new beamlines were started in 2014. They will be devoted to infrared microspectroscopy and photoemission with angular resolution in 2016 and 2019, respectively. In 2016 a new microfocus beamline for macromolecular crystallography has been initiated.
This scientific infrastructure produces 5.700 hours of beamtime per year and is available for the academic and the industrial sector to give service to more than 1.000 researchers every year.