Synchrotron radiation based research at MAX IV will be performed on the linac and both the 3 GeV and 1.5 GeV storage rings. There are at present about fourteen beamlines planned for research covering a wide range of scientific areas and photon energy ranges. These beamlines are planned to go into user operation between 2017 and 2018. The beamline portfolio is expected to continue to grow up to around 30 beamlines in 2026.

When completed, it is expected that MAX IV Laboratory will receive 2000 individual researchers yearly to carry out experiments in a variety of disciplines including surface science, semiconductor physics, materials science, atomic and molecular physics, chemistry, biology, cultural heritage, and medicine. Their research will be offered world class performance beamlines at the MAX IV Laboratory.

The synchrotron radiation from the two storage rings covers the wave-length range from the far infrared trough the UV, VUV, soft x-ray up to the hard x-ray range using radiation from bending magnets or insertion devices.

Among the techniques used at these beamlines are:

  • VUV and soft x-ray electron spectroscopy and microscopy,
  • soft x-ray magnetic circular dichroism,
  • x-ray fluorescence,
  • x-ray absorption spectroscopy and
  • different x-ray diffraction and scattering techniques.


A general description of the synchrotron radiation activities and reports on recent scientific research results from the different beamlines are found in our annually issued Activity Report, which can be read online, downloaded or ordered as a hard copy.