Welcome to COST Action MP0601

Who are we?

Our ability to manipulate short wavelength radiation (about 0.01–100nm, equivalent to about 120ke–12eV) has increased significantly over the last  three decades. This has lead to major advances in applications in a wide  range of disciplines such as: the life and medical sciences, including  cancer-related studies; environmental science, including studies of  pollution and its effects; archaeology and other cultural heritage  disciplines; and materials science.

Although expansion in application  areas is due largely to modern synchrotron sources, many applications  will not become widespread, and therefore routinely available as  analytical tools, if they are confined to synchrotrons. This is because  synchrotrons require enormous capital and infrastructure costs and are  often, of necessity, national or international facilities. This  seriously limits their scope for applications in research and analysis,  in both academia and industry. How many universities, research  institutes or even industrial laboratories would have electron  microscopes if electron sources cost 100M€ or more? Hence the need to  develop bright but small and (relatively) cheap x-ray sources, not to  replace synchrotrons but to complement them.

It is the purpose of this COST Action to facilitate such developments.

What is COST?

COST, founded in 1971, is an intergovernmental framework for European COoperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research. It’s goal is to strengthen Europe in scientific and technical development and to stimulate European synergy in non-competitive and pre-normative research for peaceful purposes. The funds provided by COST support collaboration costs of the research networks (Actions), while the research itself is funded nationally.

To find out more go to COST web site.