International collaboration

SOLARIS is the first synchrotron in Poland. Thus the project team wanted to cooperate with foreign synchrotron centres. This cooperation was mainly concentrated in all areas associated with the construction and commencement of the SOLARIS. The most important advantage of this cooperation was the access to the newest technological solutions and to the expert knowledge.

The following centres were among the SOLARIS partners:

  MAX IV Laboratory - Lund, Sweden

  Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste - Basovizza, Trieste, Italy

CELLS - ALBA Synchrotron - Cerdanyola del Valles, Hiszpania



Swiss Light Source - PSI - Villigen, Switzerland


From the very beginning, the most important partner of this project was MAX IV Laboratory from Sweden.

The Kraków synchrotron is a replica of one of two storage rings built in the Lund centre. Swedish scientists shared their innovative design and their expertise related to the construction of the synchrotron and the associated infrastructure. Specialists from Solaris spent many months in Lund, participating in MAX IV development in order to directly familiarise themselves with the synchrotrons and to discuss various aspects of constructing the scientific infrastructure, including associated power and water supply installations.

During the next stage of the project, the Swedish colleagues drew from the expertise of their partners from Kraków and learned about technological solutions, as Solaris  earlier begun the installation of the synchrotron. Both teams, from Lund and from Kraków, spent endless hours discussing the research issues and problems associated with the project management.