Principal characteristics of the facility and of the support offered to users:
The MAX laboratory with its two operating storage rings MAX I and MAX II offers excellent possibilities for visiting researchers in a broad range of disciplines: physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, materials science and advanced technology with unique possibilities for multi- and interdisciplinary interactions. With the third generation synchrotron radiation source MAX II, MAX-lab now operates one of the most brilliant radiation sources for VUV and soft x-ray production in the world (matched in Europe only by ELETTRA and BESSY II (under construction). The outstanding brilliance of MAX II makes the facility extremely valuable for European researchers. The high performance of MAX II is such that the facility will remain internationally competitive over a long time interval. Furthermore, there are plans for the construction of MAX III, a free-electron laser facility for the production of coherent ultrasoft X-rays.
The beamline instrumentation is state-of-the-art and the many excellent research groups utilizing MAX-lab are performing cutting-edge research. The laboratory focuses on high quality and world leadership in the specific areas where the laboratory has uniqueness in accelerator facilities and heamline instrumentation. The LSF program will be used to support a substantial increase in the number of European scientists using MAX-lab. Full technical and scientific support will be provided by the User . Service Group at MAX-lab as well as by responsible scientists at the beamlines. These scientists are connected to the laboratory or to responsible research groups, e.g. PRT teams. MAX-lab will also provide practical aid with travel arrangements, accommodation etc.
Quantity of access being offered and number of users who may benefit: 15% of the access will be offered to the TMR program. This implies a total of 1034 eight hour shifts per year for synchrotron radiation research, nuclear physics research and accelerator physics research.
This quantity of access can per year accommodate 38 research projects with plenty of beam-time involving on the average 2.5 users per project. In total 95 scientists may benefit annually of the LSF program at MAX. Assuming a 40 hour working week this is equivalent to 130 man-months per year (a total of 390 man-months over a three year period).