Apr 23 – 24, 2015
Hosted by the ALBA Synchrotron on the Campus of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
Europe/Zurich timezone
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Facility Visit

Facility Visit

Participants are invited to visit the ALBA facility. Visits last one hour and a shuttle bus will run from the meeting location. The exact time of the visit will be indicated nearer the time. Please indicate in your registration form if you are interested and be sure to note your passport number which is required for security reasons.

Upon arrival at the facility, a short introduction will be given about the ALBA history. Visitors will then be walked through the experiment hall and will be shown the different beamlines and equipment of the facility. 

Security requirements

  • Register beforehand
  • Bring your national ID card or passport for the visit 
  • Pregnant women and people with pacemakers are not allowed into the facility


ALBA is a 3rd generation Synchrotron Light facility located in Cerdanyola del Vallès (Barcelona), and is the newest source in the Mediterranean area.

It is a complex of electron accelerators to produce synchrotron light, which allows the visualization of the atomic structure of matter as well as the study of its properties.

The 3GeV electron beam energy at ALBA is achieved by combining a Linear Accelerator (LINAC) and a low-emittance, full energy Booster placed in the same tunnel as the Storage Ring. ALBA's 270 meter perimeter has 17 straight sections all of which are available for the installation of insertion devices.

ALBA currently has seven operational state-of-the-art phase-I beamlines, comprising soft and hard X-rays, which are devoted mainly to biosciences, condensed matter (magnetic and electronic properties, nanoscience) and materials science. Additionally, two phase-II beamlines are in construction (infrared microspectroscopy and low-energy ultra-high-resolution angular photoemission for complex materials).

This large scientific infrastructure provides more than 5,000 hours of beam time per year and is available for the academic and the industrial sector, serving more than 1,000 researchers every year. Since as early as 2012, ALBA has been hosting official users, 75% from Spanish institutions and 25% from other countries.

Managed by the Consortium for the Construction, Equipping and Exploitation of the Synchrotron Light Source (CELLS), it is funded in equal parts by the Spanish and the Catalonian Administration.

ALBA is a facility committed to scientific excellence and to improving the well-being and progress of society as a whole.