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UPMC on the SUN (SOLEIL): New spectroscopic methods

UPMC on the SUN (SOLEIL): New spectroscopic methods

Whether it is fundamental or applied science, the border is never very clear. Understanding the intimate properties of matter is today one of the preliminary stages in the development of new technologies.

Research and development also play a fundamental role in electronics in the study and development of components for defence, space, aeronautics, transport, etc.

It is for this reason that UPMC wishes to implement an ambitious policy by running the development of series of lights and coupled instruments along these lines.

Developments will also be made in extreme conditions, which will include physics, chemistry, geophysics and planetology.

New methods will also be developed in relation to other important instruments such as X-ray free electron lasers, visible, infra-red or in relation to ultra-rapid sources (attosecond), making it possible to image the electronic clouds of atoms or molecules in a chemical reaction.

Synchrotron SOLEIL – the light that can illuminate the secrets of matter

With SOLEIL, France has equipped itself with a third-generation synchrotron at the highest level of international competition. It produces an extremely bright light in order to illuminate the secrets of matter. The synchrotron radiation is supplied by a ring in which very high-energy electrons move at a speed close to that of light. Caught in different places of the ring, this radiation is guided toward exits which lead to lines of light, true laboratories where complex samples of all kinds are prepared and analysed and information gathered is processed.

  • 400 persons work on SOLEIL
  • 2,000 users per year

Contact :
Marc Simon - laboratoire chimie-physique- Matière et rayonnement
Tel : 01 44 27 64 30
marc.simon@upmc.fr



24/11/08