First light on the PolyX beamline!
This week, a hard X-ray beam was obtained for the first time on the PolyX beamline. This is a milestone in the construction of the beamline, which is scheduled to be operational in 2023.
The PolyX beamline team composed of Prof. Paweł Korecki, Dr. Katarzyna Sowa, Dr. Tomasz Kołodziej and Dr. Paweł Wróbel has been working intensively for many months to obtain the first light. This week, after passing radiological tests of the beamline, they managed to capture an X-ray beam hitting the fluorescent screen and causing strong light emission.
POLYchromatic X-rays and POLYcapillary optics
The PolyX beamline uses polychromatic X-rays and achromatic polycapillary optics. Such radiation has many applications in microimaging and X-ray microspectroscopy. The beamline will be particularly useful to researchers in fields such as materials science, chemistry, biology and medicine, environmental and earth sciences, and artwork research.
The construction of PolyX line was possible thanks to the close cooperation of scientists from Jagiellonian University, AGH University of Science and Technology and Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences and in consultation with scientists from all over Poland.
Photo (starting left): Dr. Marcin Zajac (Deputy Manager of Research Infrastructure) and the PolyX beamline team - Prof. Paweł Korecki, Dr. Tomasz Kołodziej, Dr. Paweł Wrobel, Dr. Katarzyna Sowa