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Reports and briefings

Here you can find our comprehensive annual report about Sweden's use of the PETRA III synchrotron as well as various briefings to stakeholders on related topics.


Briefing to the government investigation on research infrastructures

In May 2020, the Swedish Government initiated an investigation about how to organise and finance Sweden's national research infrastructures. (See this Swedish government's webpage ).

Given the PETRA III Swedish beamline was build by Sweden, and Swedish researchers also has priviledged access to the PETRA III facility, CeXS considered it important to brief the responsible government investigator, Tobias Krantz.

The briefing addressed:

  • The history of the Swedish beamline and its complementarity to MAX IV and ESS
  • Sweden's priviledged access to PETRA III and the importance this has for Swedish research many fields
  • Current research use of PETRA III and how material science research contributes to sustainability

Read the briefing paper here (pdf 89 kB)  and see the presentation here (pdf 1.1 MB) .

The investigation will report to the government by end July 2021.


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Annual Report to the Swedish Research Council about Swedish use of PETRA III

Highlights include:

  • There were sustained proposal rates, with the Swedish (P21), P03 and P22 beam lines being the most popular: each was requested in approx. 20% of proposals
  • Despite Covid-19 restrictions, Sweden made the most of PETRA III
    • 102 users made measurements, working with social distancing precautions
    • Additional users gained access via 1 remote access project and 9 mail in projects
    • 42 projects had beam time, 37 via privileged access with 5 industry projects paying for access
    • 7 of those privileged access projects and 1 industry project used the Swedish beamline
  • Publications were up
    • 88 papers in 2020 - compared to 66 in 2019 and 53 in 2018

Furthermore, for the future PETRA IV and scientific research, CeXS orchestrated 3 Scientific Instrument Proposals (SiPs), and supported a 4th, setting the scene for leading research at the future PETRA IV

Read the full report (pdf 665 kB)  here.

Briefings and engagement for the future PETRA IV

DESY has had an ongoing project for some time about the upgrade of PETRA III to its fourth generation. As part of this process, DESY made a sudden call with a short notice period for Scientific Instrument Proposals (SiPs) – where these SiPs would be used to determine beamline instrument designs at the future PETRA IV.

Given the importance of the long awaited Swedish beamline for our material science community, and the significance of priviledged access to the entire research community, CeXS considered it important to i) inform all Swedish users and key stakeholders about this and ii) engage the materials community in preparing SiPs in order to secure the basis for leading Swedish material science research also in the future.

The link to our briefings on the Swedish research community on 16 Sept is here.

See our briefing to the Swedish Research Council. (pdf 233 kB)


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Annual Report to the Swedish Research Council about Swedish use of PETRA III

The Swedish Material Science beamlines first became operational in 2019 and made an immediate impact on Swedish use of PETRA III.

Highlights include:

  • The Swedish beamline (P21) was the most requested beamline by Swedish researchers
  • The next most popular beamlines were P22, P03, P64, P02.1, P06, P07
  • International researchers also saw the value of the Swedish beamline and conducted measurements there
  • Many Swedish users actually had the chance to make research measurements
    • 200 users visited PETRA III to undertake measurements
    • 76 projects had beam time, of these 62 projects gained access via open and privileged access proposals, 8 during commissioning of the Swedish beamline and 6 industry projects paid for access
  • Publications were up
    • 66 papers in 2019 compared to 53 in 2018

Read the full report (pdf 242 kB)  here.

Belongs to: Center for X-rays in Swedish Materials Science (CeXS)
Last changed: Jun 03, 2021