ALBA is a third generation synchrotron light source facility, designed to provide a high brilliance photon beam. It is co-financed by the Spanish Government and the regional Government of Catalonia, and managed by the Consortium for the Construction, Equipment and Exploitation of the Synchrotron Light Laboratory (CELLS). The accelerator complex consists of a 100 MeV Linear Accelerator (LINAC), a Booster that ramps the electron beam energy up to 3 GeV and a Storage Ring. The maximum operational current is 250 mA and it will be operated soon in top up mode. Currently, ALBA has 8 beamlines in operation.
The eight beamlines are as follows: 1) Non-Crystalline Diffraction (NCD) for SAXS and WAXS experiments, 2) Macromolecular Crystallography (XALOC), 3) Photoemission spectroscopy and microscopy(CIRCE), 4) X-ray absorption spectroscopy (CLAESS), 5) High-Resolution Powder Diffraction (MSPD), 6) X-ray Magnetic Circular Dichroism (BOREAS), 7) X-ray cryo-microscopy (MISTRAL) and 8) Infrared Microspectroscopy beamline (MIRAS). These beamlines are designed to cover a wide range of fields such as materials science, nanotechnology, medicine, physics, chemistry, biology…
ALBA has two calls per year which covers beamtime for the first and second semester.
Opening of the call is foreseen at the beginning of July and end of January with deadlines in early September and end February respectively.
The deadline for the Call for Proposals for 2019-I (beamtime during the first semester of 2019) is 10th September, 2018.
The deadline for the Call for Proposals for 2019-II (beamtime during the first semester of 2019) is 25th February, 2019.