HESEB - Helmholtz-SESAME Beamline in the soft X-ray regime

HESEB Project ©Copyright: SESAME Synchrotron, Jordanien

HESEB Project

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HESEB - Helmholtz-SESAME Beamline in the soft X-ray regime

News:  The registration for twinning guests is closed now!

The evaluation results will be published not before October 1st.

As part of the HESEB Project, a Twinning Programme is offered, whose main aim is to support the user community from SESAME members in gaining knowledge and experience with soft X-ray synchrotron use during a joint beamtime with an experienced user group at a Helmholtz synchrotron.

An online seminar was held on March 30th to inform all interested people about the program. Here you can find the presentations:

Presentation 1

Presentation 2

You can register to the Programme:

As twinning guest:

  • You are a researcher from a university or a research institution in a country being a SESAME member, i.e. in Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Pakistan, Palestine and Turkey.
  • You would like to use soft X-rays from a synchrotron in your research, but you are lacking the necessary experience.

We invite you to participate in a beamtime of an experienced user group in your research field at a soft X-ray beamline of a German synchrotron.

You will be involved in the experiment preparation, in the beamtime itself and in data analysis and interpretation. You will be able to discuss with the experienced user team, to ask questions and to learn a lot for your own projects.

When later applying for your own beamtime you may again contact your mentors, asking for support in proposal preparation. If beamtime will be granted, in some cases your twinning host might even join
your beamtime.

As twinning guest, you will profit of free access to the facility at which the beamtime takes place and your travel and accommodation costs will be covered.

As twinning host:

  • You are an experienced soft X-ray  user who is willing to offer mentoring and support for future soft X-ray users from SESAME members by hosting this new user during one of your beamtimes at a German synchrotron.
  • You are ready to share your experience and to offer consultancy for proposal drafting and, if applicable, for setting up a beamtime at a soft x-ray beamline, potentially at HESEB.

As twinning host, the cost for travel and accommodation related to the beamtime during which you host the guest will be covered for one of your team members. In some cases, a fruitful collaboration will arise from this joint beamtime and you will join your former guest during his or her beamtime. In this case again the costs for travel and accommodation will be covered for one of your team members.

Please register here as twinning host:  https://www.hzdr.de/reg/HESEB-Host

Any questions regarding to the HESEB twinning programme should be addressed to: heseb@hzdr.de

The 1st Scientic Workshop on soft X-rays has been postponed due to the spread of the corona virus (COVID 19) and its international consequences.

The workshop has been postponed to spring next year. You will be informed of the exact dates as soon as possible.

First Soft-X-ray HESEB workshop will take place at the Istanbul University:

To complement your application and in addition to the data already provided, we kindly ask you to shortly elaborate on your perspective for the new soft x-ray beamline and to present your project ideas and a proposed research plan. A short synopsis of between half a page and one page at maximum will be sufficient!

1st HESEB Worksho1st HESEB Workshop Poster

The aim of this first workshop is to secure a large and sustainable request for scientific use of the soft X-rays from the Helmholtz SESAME beamline and to build up a strong user community in the SESAME region.

Day 1: selected expert lectures: preliminary program

Day 2: teaming-day with several thematic roundtable discussions in parallel

Day 3  future perspectives, e.g. additional experiments, further upgrades

Venue: Istanbul University,Rectorate Building, Doctorate (D1) Hall


The research centre SESAME (Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East, www.sesame.org.jo) near Amman/Jordan was officially founded in 2004 as an international research project under the auspices of UNESCO with multilateral cooperation of countries of the Middle East region (Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Pakistan, Palestine, Turkey). It was the idea and tireless commitment of Herman Winick (SLAC), Gustav-Adolf Voss (DESY) and Herwig Schopper (CERN) which eventually lead to the foundation and build-up of a research facility in the Middle East – with the vision that close scientific cooperation would make a contribution to peace and stability in this region.

Scope of the project

Since the foundation of SESAME, Germany is participating as an observer in the international SESAME Council and, through the Helmholtz Association, can play an internationally most visible and effective role in this important phase of SESAME by significantly promoting SESAME‘s excellence development in the region.
As a globally visible beacon project for SESAME, the present draft proposal drawn up jointly by the five Helmholtz centres DESY, FZJ, HZB, HZDR and KIT suggests to build at SESAME a new and state-of-the-art Helmholtz-SESAME soft X-ray beamline (HESEB) in the soft X-ray range to be used for a large number of top-class scientific applications and to create new cooperation potentials with German and international research groups.
Corresponding training, education and support measures offered by the participating Helmholtz centres will guarantee the international scientific attractiveness and quality of the beamline as well as secure its long-term scientific use and excellence by creating and supporting scientific user communities within the region and by building up and connecting long-lasting cooperation among the SESAME members and with other user groups worldwide.

HESEB Project 2, SESAME beamline ©Copyright: Weißig, Annette

User support, cooperation development, Seed Projects / Teaming

To secure a large and sustainable request for scientific use of the soft X-rays from the Helmholtz SESAME beamline, dedicated workshops and schools (in collaboration with HERCULES school)  will be offered in order to build up a strong user community in the SESAME region in the medium and long term. This workpackage would include several months of training or research stays of future SESAME users at adequate synchrotron radiation sources and research centres in Germany. SESAME users will be able to apply for grants for such research stays.