UP-II becomes ESRF – EBS


The ESRF has renamed the second phase of its extensive Upgrade Programme ESRF – EBS, with EBS standing for Extremely Brilliant Source.

The Upgrade Programme Phase I is centred on the conception and implementation of a new generation of beamlines. The second phase of the Upgrade Programme, launched in 2015, is remarkably different from Phase I. It includes the delivery of the first of a new kind of storage ring based synchrotron source with a normalised horizontal emittance of at least a factor 10 better than any existing or currently planned projects, and at least a factor 100 more brilliant than the ESRF source today.

To mark the characteristics of this innovative and unique project, the ESRF has decided to highlight this second phase of the ESRF upgrade by choosing a name to emphasise the new project’s main deliverable – a new source – and its principal attribute with respect to what is presently available or planned worldwide – Extremely Brilliant.

As explained by Francesco Sette, Director General of the ESRF:

The ESRF Extremely Brilliant Source is a new challenge taken up together by the 21 partner nations of the ESRF. With the construction and commissioning of the first of a new generation of synchrotrons, fully conceived and designed by ESRF accelerator scientists and engineers, the ESRF consolidates and enlarges its pioneering role in X-ray science. This challenging and unique project will pave the way to provide new tools for the investigation of condensed matter and life science, which will better worldwide scientific cooperation and the quest to finding durable answers to the great technological, economic, societal and environmental challenges facing our society.