Building a beamline is a very long and intricate project going from discussions in the research community, funding, designing, procuring, building, installations, commissioning and finally opening for regular users. It takes at least five years from idea to realisation. Sometimes even more than a decade.
MicroMAX was funded in 2018, by Novo Nordisk Fonden, but it all started years before that. When commenting on the funding decision, Professor Richard Neutze at the University of Gothenburg said:
– Looking back, I note that in November 2006 MicroMAX was priority #2 in the Swedish Research Council evaluation of the proposal to construct MAX IV Laboratory. Now we have a construction and build-up of the beamline also stretching more than a decade. For the MAX IV project as a whole, this is a hugely important decision, to get this level of support from a Danish foundation. I believe that MicroMAX will be one of the major flagship projects for MAX IV Laboratory. Now we just have to build it, operate it and do some great science…. the fun bit!
This week, two years since the funding decision was taken, the construction phase in the experiment hall of MAX IV has started with the construction of the optics and experiment hutches.
MicroMAX has been proposed by the Swedish and Danish research community, funded by Novo Nordisk Fonden and is expected to be in user operation in 2022. Read more about MicroMAX here. For information and registration to the MicroMAX User Meeting, 2 March, please use this link.