First undulator light at the NanoMAX and BioMAX beamlines

First undulator light at the NanoMAX and BioMAX beamlines

After many years of work we have now started the X-ray commissioning phase of the first two beamlines at the 3 GeV storage ring. We got the “green light” from radiation safety to open the beamshutters and let the first synchrotron light shining into the NanoMAX and BioMAX beamlines. This brilliant light is being produced by in-vacuum undulators with 18 mm magnet period and that will eventually operate down to 4 mm gap. The undulators are arrays of magnets installed in the storage ring producing the very intense synchrotron light that we will use for the experiments at the experiment stations. We are now able to detect this light inside the various sections of the beamline and will align the beamline elements like the monochromator and the focusing mirrors. We will then guide the monochromatic X-ray beam into the experimental hutches and prepare the first test experiments.

first light
First screen in the front end.

NanoMAX is a hard X-ray nanoprobe beamline exploiting the exceptional brilliance of the 3 GeV ring to offer scanning imaging, diffraction and X-ray fluorescence methods for exciting applications in natural science fields such as materials science, earth science, nanoscience, physics, chemistry and biology.

BioMAX is the first macromolecular crystallography beamline at MAX IV and will be a highly automated beamline benefiting from the exceptional quality of the 3 GeV ring to create a unique resource for structural biology.