Synchrotron radiation-based research at MAX IV is being performed on the linac and both the 3 GeV and 1.5 GeV storage rings. There are at present sixteen beamlines funded for research covering a wide range of scientific areas and photon energy ranges. The status of each beamline is listed here. MAX Laboratory can accommodate about 26 beamlines when fully developed.

When completed, it is expected that MAX IV Laboratory will receive more than 2000 individual researchers annually to carry out experiments in a variety of disciplines including surface science, semiconductor physics, materials science, atomic and molecular physics, chemistry, biology, cultural heritage, and medicine. Their research will be offered world-class performance beamlines at the MAX IV Laboratory.

The synchrotron radiation from the two storage rings covers the wavelength range from the far-infrared through the UV, VUV, soft x-ray up to the hard x-ray range using radiation from bending magnets or insertion devices.

Among the techniques used at these beamlines are:

  • VUV and soft x-ray electron spectroscopy and microscopy,
  • soft x-ray magnetic circular dichroism,
  • x-ray fluorescence,
  • x-ray absorption spectroscopy and
  • x-ray diffraction and scattering


At MAX IV Laboratory beamlines are grouped by technique with the aim of improving the quality of the research offered by bringing research expertise together. The different groups are:

  • macromolecular crystallography
  • diffraction and scattering
  • spectroscopy
  • imaging


A general description of the synchrotron radiation activities and reports on recent scientific research results from the different beamlines will be found in our Activity Report.