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Brilliant new light source gets ,65m funding

14 Dec 15 The European Investment Bank is to lend €65m (£47m) to build a facility to house a brilliant new light source at an X-ray research centre in Grenoble.

The project is promoted by the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), the world's most intense X-ray source. Its extremely brilliant light provides opportunities for scientists in the exploration of materials and matter. This year, ESRF launched the Extremely Bright Source (ESRF-EBS) project for developing a new generation of synchrotrons, with the construction of a new storage ring within the existing infrastructure.

The project covers the creation, within the existing infrastructure, of a new storage ring to expand the frontiers of X-ray science. It will provide researchers and industrialists with a research facility that has a performance 100 times brighter than today's level while emitting an X-ray beam ten times lower that that achieved with current equipment.

The project, which involves the 21 ESRF partner countries, represents an overall investment of €150m over the period from 2015 to 2022.

"The signing of this agreement with the EIB is a mark of great recognition for ESRF and crucial support for the ESRF-EBS project,” said ESRF director general Francesco Sette. “By creating a new source of synchrotron light with unrivalled properties, ESRF-EBS is opening up new scientific prospects for the exploration of matter and materials. This project, now backed by the European Union's bank, will contribute to meeting the new scientific, technological, economic, environmental and societal challenges facing our society.”

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