Max IV Laboratory – a Swiss army knife of science

The new synchrotron light source Max IV Laboratory in Lund can be compared to a Swiss army knife. Just like that ingenious and ubiquitous invention, the Max IV Laboratory is a multi-versatile tool which serves the needs of a broad scientific community consisting of virtually everything from physics to archeometry, with life-sciences being one of the fastest growing disciplines.

The MAX IV Laboratory was established in 2010 as a national platform for research, hosted by Lund University through an agreement between the university and the Swedish Research Council, VINNOVA and Region Skåne. The MAX IV Laboratory is the successor of the MAX-lab Swedish national laboratory and includes both the operation of the present MAX I, II, III facilities (collectively referred to as MAX-lab) and the MAX IV project aiming at constructing the new MAX IV facility.

The world’s most brilliant synchrotron light source
With construction already in full swing, in just over three years from now the MAX IV facility will start operating, switching the user operations from MAX-lab. Today MAX-lab operates three storage rings, MAX I, II, and III, for producing synchrotron radiation and energetic electrons. As part of this it operates a test facility for development of various schemes for Free Electron Lasers, the next generation of X-ray sources which is something of the future for the Max IV Laboratory.
The existing MAX-lab and MAX IV Laboratory’s mission is to provide the very best opportunities and instruments for the scientific user community, be it academic or industrial, and supporting further innovation by continuing to improve and operate the beamlines at MAX-lab. The MAX IV source will be the most brilliant synchrotron light source in the world and will by far exceed the performance of other third generation synchrotron radiation facilities in its accessible energy range, exploiting the pioneering MAX IV accelerator technology for the development of which its machine director Mikael Eriksson won the KTH Grand Prize in 2011. This vast potential gives the MAX IV Laboratory outstanding possibilities to become an internationally leading facility for the use of synchrotron radiation in virtually all areas of science and technology.

Will serve all areas of science
The estimated 30 beamlines that will eventually be in operation at the Max IV Laboratory will, once it is running at full capacity, amongst other things, facilitate spectroscopy, imaging and microscopy methods with unprecedented spatial and time resolution and simultaneous sensitivity to chemical, electronic, geometric and magnetic structures.
Synchrotrons are already work horses in the early drug development for the pharmaceutical industries and are increasingly used to resolve the structure and dynamics of biological systems on a molecular level and much more development can be expected in the fields of medical imaging or studies of drug delivery mechanisms.

Creating further growth
The ambition behind creating the MAX IV Laboratory clearly states that it is to become an international and openly accessible facility serving not only Sweden but also the Baltic region, the rest of Scandinavia and on to Northern Europe and eventually the rest of the world. The Max IV facility (together with ESS) will put Sweden at the forefront of large research facilities and create more spin-offs with new companies making technology transfer marketable. The pharmaceutical development company Saromics is one example and there will be many more in the near future.

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