Accelerator developments at the service of photon science.
VI - Fisica applicata, acceleratori e beni culturali
Aula GSSI Rettorato - Auditorium - Venerdì 27 h 12:00 - 13:00
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Humanity is facing crucial challenges, such as developing alternative sources of energy, understanding and solving health problems, mitigating environmental and climate problems, improving food production and conservation and developing new green economies. The relative solutions need detailed understanding of matter constitution and of the molecular and electronic control of processes that determine the function of materials and biological systems. Photons produced by synchrotrons and free-electron lasers (FELs) are essential instruments for advancing in this direction. The speaker will review recent developments in accelerator technologies, which aim at producing more brilliant and more coherent photon beams, as well as more affordable sources. Fourth-generation synchrotron facilities and FELs will be presented, as well as future possible applications of novel plasma acceleration techniques. Special attention will be devoted to the European landscape of photon sources, which has created a consortium of European user facilities, LEAPS, with the aim of joining forces and optimizing resources at the service of the society. This Plenary Talk is sponsored by EPJ.