An open access facility

NFFA-Trieste is an open access facility to perform experiments in nanoscience that may involve growth, nano-characterization and spectroscopy with synchrotron radiation.

the first Open Access Station

NFFA-Trieste is the first Open Access Station entirely developed in the spirit of NFFA that is to provide integrated services for nanoscience including growth (MBE, PLD, in-UHV depositions) characterization (LEED, MOKE, XPS, AES) and access to state-of-the-art fine analysis (Spin-ARPES, XMCD) at the APE-NFFA laboratory.  The Open Access is regulated by a proposal system and international peer-review that will consider NFFA specific projects that need integrated access to several relevant steps in the nanoscience research.  An integrated data management and repository is in place for all NFFA-Trieste proposals and experiments.

NFFA-Trieste proposals are not an alternative way to apply to beamtime at the APE beamlines!  The regular access for Synchrotron Radiation work is regulated via the Elettra Proposal Submission system.  

Only NFFA-specific projects will be eligible for access to NFFA-Trieste.  Proposals for the synthesis of metal-oxides, surface structures, in-operando sample environments (E, H fields) with in-situ characterization by surface science methods will be eligible for access to APE-NFFA with the further option of also integrating access to spin resolved ARPES, XPS, MOKE, XAS, XMCD.   The amount of beam-time access of a typical NFFA-Trieste project is limited and should lead to further access under the conventional Elettra procedures.

This web-instrument provides the technical information on the available instrumentation and methods, on the scientists developing and operating the experimental stations, and on the procedure to prepare and submit a proposal.

There are no deadlines and proposals will be continuously accepted and evaluated in a pipeline manner.



The next NFFA-Trieste users facility (2017) will be based on a all new 100 fs laser-based High Harmonic Generation source extending to the far UV with high repetition rate (>100 KHz) for spectroscopy with the ULTRASPIN apparatus, open to be used with users spectrometers as well. 

Access to even shorter fs pulses at 1-10KHz will also be available to users through a NFFA-Trieste collaboration with the T-Rex laboratory of Sincrotrone Trieste in the FERMI@Elettra experimental hall.