Project Description

The project Smart*Light 2.0 aims to develop a ‘tabletop synchrotron’—a reliable and optimized instrument for specific X-ray analysis techniques, with a focus on fluorescence, diffraction, scattering, spectroscopy, and tomography. These techniques enable researchers to investigate the elemental composition, atomic structure, nanostructure, chemical composition, and 3D structure on a sub-millimeter scale—a critical aspect of material science.

To maximize versatility and sustainability, each X-ray analysis technique will undergo an optimization step. Subsequently, experimental activities will be conducted with various materials, including metals, semiconductors, tissues, and cultural heritage. This iterative process will refine the instrument to meet the diverse needs of researchers.

The ultimate goal of SmartLight 2.0 is to provide a ‘tabletop synchrotron’ for use by the Dutch and Flemish research communities by the project’s end. This instrument will serve as a powerful tool for materials science, scientific research, and heritage preservation. With the potential for further expansion into a full-fledged research instrument, SmartLight 2.0 promises to make a remarkable contribution to advancing science and technology. The project opens doors to new discoveries and innovations that will benefit our society.

More information about the project can be found here (in Dutch).

The project will run from 1 September 2023 till 31 August 2026.

Contact person M2i

Franz Bormann
Franz BormannResearch Engineer
Yulia Fischer
Yulia FischerProgram Manager