111. KFS meeting

Committee Research with Snychrotron Radiation

Monday, 21 Feb. 2022, video conference


Overview: Important topics are currently ErUM-Pro (review phase), ErUM-Data, DIG-UM, DAPHNE4NFDI, workshop on transfer in Berlin, SNI2022, public relations on corona research and climate change, and developments at the centres. Bridget Murphy is the KFS representative on ESUO and has recently been elected to the Board.

ErUM-Pro Matter:  The evaluation in ErUM-Pro matter will take place in March, and the funding decisions are expected in May. Since posts may not be advertised before they are approved, this poses a problem that can probably best be addressed by facilitating extensions of the term. The KFS will advocate for the interests of the users in this context.

ErUM-Data: In the first step, the applications were selected in ErUM-Data according to formal aspects. The next step is the technical evaluation of the full proposals.

ErUM-Transfer: This year, the BMBF is developing an "ErUM Transfer" action plan. This is intended to make it clear that transfer activities are also taking place in the area of basic research at large-scale research facilities. The KFS supports this project, e.g. through a workshop in April.

Industry/Transfer: Guests from the centres, universities and industry, including spin-off companies, have been invited to a KFS transfer workshop on 28 and 29 April 2022. Interest is high, so valuable discussions are expected on site at HZB. The topic of transfer will also be taken up on the SNI portal.

Digitale Transformation: The DAPHNE4NFDI consortium has started work, and exchange with other consortia and other digitisation initiatives (e.g. ErUM-Data) is also important. In ErUM-Data, the full proposals are currently being written. An officer and a communication position in the ErUM-Data Hub have recently been filled, and further recruitment procedures are underway. The first ErUM-Data community meeting was held on 20 Jan. 2022. Various workshops and schools on digitisation and related topics will be held throughout the year. The kick-off is on 30 and 31 March with a "train the trainer" workshop in Aachen. The aim is to train scientists in modern methods (artificial intelligence, machine learning, ...) and to provide teaching materials that the participants can then use and disseminate as multipliers for their own teaching. Participants should come from all areas of the ErUM community. A second workshop is planned in Wuppertal in May to deepen the topics. Current information will be summarised at www.daphne4nfdi.de.

PR: A press release on "Synchrotrons for Climate Change Research" is planned. The KFS will take up this topic as broadly as possible.

SNI2022: SNI2022 will take place from 5 to 7 September in the "Rostlaube" of the FU Berlin. The programme structure has been finalised and there will be plenary and keynote lectures, parallel sessions, microsymposia and two poster sessions on the three days. In addition, there will be a public lecture in the evening programme on the first day of the conference, a reception on the second day, and an optional tour of BESSY after the award ceremony and closing ceremony on the third afternoon. Registration and abstract submission are scheduled to open in early March.

LEAPS: In LEAPS, Working Group 6 (Outreach, Dissemination, Training) is re-forming to continue and further develop the successful work of CALIPSOplus, which expired at the end of 2021. A first step are public overviews of downloads and lists of social media channels, virtual tours and training materials of all LEAPS facilities. LEAPS IDEA (inclusion, diversity, equity, anti-discrimination) is sending out a brochure as a toolbox against discrimination. The discontinuation of TNA is a problem for many international users. The HZB and other facilities, together with the ESUO, are trying to find ways to finance this. A large-scale survey is underway at ESUO. LEAPS is conducting a survey on Challenge Driven Access.

Reports from the facilites

HZB: The KFS would like to thank Jan Lüning for the good and constructive cooperation. The next deadline for measurement time applications is 01.03.2022. The HZB user meeting in December took place completely online with more than 370 participants from over 30 countries. There were again significantly more on-site measurements at BESSY II. New instruments in user operation are PINK, MYSTIIC and OAESE. METRIXS and ENERGIZE will follow at the end of the year and the construction of a tender X-ray dipole beamline will begin at BelChem. In addition to the planning for BESSY III, an upgrade programme is planned for BESSY II.

DESY: Comprehensive modernisation measures are being carried out at FLASH (FLASH2020+ project). User operations at PETRA III are running normally with pandemic-related safety precautions. With the commissioning of P66, the expansion of the PETRA III extension project is formally completed. P66 has had its first users, P25 as a technology-driven beamline and P63 (MPG, operando catalysis beamlines) are in the planning phase. DESY is trying to continue supporting foreign guests after the failure of Transnational Access (e.g. accommodation in the DESY guest house). The work for the TDR of the PETRA IV project was successfully continued. In close collaboration with the community of users and the DESY advisory boards, a first proposal for the portfolio of experimental stations was developed in a series of workshops. A new concept for the arrangement of the storage ring magnets should enable an extremely small emittance and thus unique beam parameters with simpler operating conditions at the same time, as well as the establishment of a larger number of beamlines than in previous concepts.

ESRF: The ESRF machine has restarted very well. Most parameters are better than the design parameters. New instruments are the ID24 High Power Laser Facility with XANES and EXAFS experiments with highest time resolution and ID27 for extreme conditions, 250 nm beam, pink beam option and large new detector. BM18 with large beam provides incredible tomography images and attracts many proposals. ID29 (Serial Crystallography) is accepting proposals for the summer, ID03 for Dark Field Microscopy is under construction. There is also ID14 (Nuclear Resonance with Nanostation) and the ID18 Flagship Coherence Beamline. There are pilot projects for so-called "community access modes", whereby a part of the community gets beam time over several years. This is a completely new approach to beam time allocation. It means that it is not clear beforehand which beamline is needed. This allows users to react to their results.

DELTA: The beam is very stable and many groups have measured successfully. The advisory board meeting will take place next week.

KARA:  At KIT-Synchrotron, the focus is on research on the beam tubes and the expansion of the HIKA station at P23 in Hamburg.

European XFEL: At the European XFEL, one instrument has priority on the beam each week (priority mode), which has advantages for the users. In the Data Operations Centre, there are contact persons who take care of controls, data and data interfaces. The accelerator has been running very well, producing 42 PB of data by the end of 2021. Currently the last call is being evaluated, new calls are planned for the end of March and in July. Hard X-ray self-seeding @ SASE2 is in operation, SASE 2 and SASE3 offer two-colour operation. Variable polarisation at SASE3 and attosecond time resolution at SASE3 are in preparation (APPLE X) Plans are underway to upgrade SASE2 to 70 keV. First time-resolved measurements were performed at the RIXS instrument. The strategy process European XFEL2030+ envisages a harvesting phase for the next 10 years and then an upgrade programme. The user communities are to be involved. A proposal for a new suite of instruments is to be developed in 2024-25.

Next meeting: The 112th KFS meeting is scheduled for May.


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