A personal history of MAX I

A personal history of MAX I

It’s the 30th of January but the year is 1987. MAX I has been running for 2 years and today is the official inauguration. To celebrate the history of MAX IV on the anniversary of the official inauguration of MAX I, we take a look back through the decades with two important figures from MAX IV’s past, present and future, Mikael Eriksson and Stacey Sörensen.

In the video, Mikael Eriksson describes why nuclear physics developed in Lund and what it was like to build MAX I on a shoestring budget. He also describes what it is like to see the MAX IV dream become a reality and the reasons for its success as well as a cautionary message for the future.

Stacey Sörensen who is responsible for research infrastructures at Lund University has also been a long-time user of MAX-Lab. She describes the scientific and political leaps that have been taken to develop MAX IV and the challenges that have to be overcome as well as the pride Lund University has for the world’s brightest synchrotron.

In 2019, there will be 8 beamlines open to users around the world and this would not have been possible without continued ingenuity over decades, starting at MAX I.

Additional Resources

Mikael Eriksson has written a lot about the story behind the development of MAX IV. Here are some of his publications:

The saga of MAX IV, the first multi-bend achromat synchrotron light source