New phase of CIRI beamline construction.
The CIRI beamline has received another piece of its infrastructure. Under construction since 2019, CIRI - Chemical InfraRed Imaging - uses infrared radiation for advanced microscopy experiments.
The SOLARIS Center is continuously improving and expanding its infrastructure. This past week saw the long-awaited installation of the first part of the front-end - the optics component that introduces the IR beam from the accumulation ring - on the CIRI beamline.
- It is a modified dipole chamber that will allow the M1 mirror to be moved a short distance from the electron beam and, as a result, allow infrared (IR) radiation to be reflected out of the chamber. This operation required great precision in both the fabrication of the chamber itself and its positioning relative to the rest of the ring. The next step will be to observe the IR beam once the synchrotron is operational - said Dr. Tomasz Wróbel, supervisor of the CIRI beamline.
- Twice each calendar year there is a long-term (about 5 weeks) shutdown of the machine, that is, a period when the synchrotron is not working and it is possible to upgrade it and expand the beamlines. Work such as the assembly of a new chamber involves a team of experienced people due to the complexity of the process itself, which requires the execution with great precision of operations at the intersection of various branches, i.e. vacuum, mechanical, electrical, etc., and all elements of the structure must be perfectly matched to each other - said Dr. Adriana Wawrzyniak, Deputy Director for Accelerators at NSRC SOLARIS.
It should be remembered that the SOLARIS Center already has five operational beamlines, but the need for new infrastructure is constantly growing. Therefore, in the next few years the synchrotron will be expanded with more experimental beamlines. We assume that by the end of 2026 we will be providing 9 fully operational beamlines.
Written by: Natalia Zapart