Innovation for light sources in Europe

EU project LEAPS-INNOV kicks off online

Kick-off meeting of LEAPS-INNOV

The kick-off meeting in April marked the official start of LEAPS-INNOV. (Image: DESY / Matthias Kreuzeder).

The LEAPS-INNOV kick-off meeting took place online on 20 and 21 April with over 140 participants. LEAPS-INNOV is a project under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme. It will implement the LEAPS technology roadmap and enhance partnership with industry by offering joint technological developments and advanced research capabilities with LEAPS members for industry as collaborator, supplier and user. LEAPS, the League of Accelerator-Based Light Sources, is a European research consortium established in 2017 to foster synergies across Europe’s accelerator-based light source facilities. “The goal is to identify different approaches and actions for partnerships with industry in order to develop a strategy for long-term industry engagement for LEAPS on a European level,” says Elke Plönjes from DESY, scientific coordinator of LEAPS-INNOV. 

In the context of open innovation, the LEAPS-INNOV pilot project focusses on the implementation of new strategies and activities for partnership between industry and the photon science community. In particular, this means the European synchrotron radiation light sources and free electron lasers with their tens of thousands of users who also include high-impact industrial customers and partners. LEAPS-INNOV will contribute to solving key technological challenges for the next generation of photon sources, the upcoming diffraction-limited storage rings and the still novel X-ray FELs – in total over 50 facilities in Europe and worldwide. 

The LEAPS-INNOV work packages encompass advanced accelerator technology, improving the European capabilities for production of high-performance X-ray mirrors and diffraction gratings as well as efficient sample delivery systems with higher spatial and time resolution. All of these are required to generate and maintain nanometre-focused beams for the synchrotron radiation and free-electron laser users. Additionally, higher-performance detectors are essential for efficient use of these light sources, and the enormous amounts of data they produce require a structured Europe-wide effort to manage data reduction and compression.These work packages are supported by an overarching industry networking and relations work package and complemented by pilot activities together with user consortia. 

Further information is available on the LEAPS Website.

(from DESY News)