ISA is a Danish National Facility where research is carried out over a wide range of the natural and life sciences, including fundamental physics, material science, molecular biology and laboratory astrophysics, using accelerators and storage rings.
Access to ISA
Call for proposals
- The call for proposals for beam time in 2016 is now closed. However if you are interested in applying for beam time on one of the ASTRID2 beam lines, then it may still be possible. Please read the information contained in the link below and contact the relevant beam line scientist to see if there is time available.
ISA welcomes applications, from national or international groups, for access to any of the ISA research facilities.
In 2015 ASTRID2 provided 26 weeks of user beam time to the 5 operational beam lines. In 2016, user beam provision continues with higher stored beams now possible, while machine physics studies are ongoing in order to improve stability and lifetime of the beam.
A brief history of ASTRID2
In 2008 ISA was awarded money to build a new high brilliance synchrotron storage ring, ASTRID2. Construction of the ring began in 2011 and by April 2012 the whole ring was under vacuum and ready for testing. The first beam was injected into the ASTRID2 ring on Monday 14th May 2012 and the first full turn of ASTRID2 was accomplished on Tuesday the 10th July 2012. On the 7th of August electrons circulated the ring for almost 200 µs (1300 turns of the ring). On the 2nd of November 2012 a stored beam with RF was acheived for the first time. Commissioning of ASTRID2 proceeded well in 2013 and on the 13th of September 2013 200 mA of current was stored in ASTRID2 and top-up at 200 mA successful. In December 2013 the first external user came to do experiments on the AU-UV beam line. 2014 saw the commissioning of the AU-SGM3, AU-Matline and AU-CD beam lines, with all beam lines fully operational by mid 2014. In early 2016 the newest beam line, AMOLine, was commissioned.
The Danish Minister for Research, Innovation and Higher Education, Morten Østergaard, officially opened the ASTRID2 facility on Monday the 10th September 2012.
ASTRID celebrated turning 25 years old!
Our first storage ring, ASTRID, was 25 years old in 2015. We celebrated this event on the 4th of November 2015.
In the news.
The celebrations for ASTRID were reported by the local news in Aarhus.
ASTRID2 and the Rosetta Mission. Click here to read more about how ASTRID2 is involved in the Rosetta Mission...
First official user of ASTRID2. Click here to read more about the experiments that are being performed.
Last Modified 25 August 2016