Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste

Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste (www.elettra.trieste.it) is a multidisciplinary international research center of excellence, specialized in generating high quality synchrotron and free-electron laser light and applying it in materials and life sciences. Its mission is to promote cultural, social and economic growth through:

  •    · Basic and applied research.
  •    · Technology and know-how transfer.
  •    · Technical, scientific and management education.
  •    · Role of reference in the national and international scientific networks.

We develop excellence by providing state-of-the-art services for high-quality, internationally recognized research, thus contributing to enhance the positive impact and relevance of science on society.

"Our mission is to promote cultural, social and economic growth."

"We pursue excellence in basic and applied research."

"We actively contribute to training in science and technolgy."

"We foster technology transfer and the dissemination of scientific knowledge."

Elettra Sincrotrone trieste

Elettra light source / sorgente di luce Elettra © Copyright: Ph. Barnaba / Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste.

Facts and Figures

Elettra proposals allocated by research area


Condensed Matter-Electronic and Magnetic Structure


Catalytic Materials-Surface Science


Hard Condensed Matter-Structures


Life and medical Sciences (excluding Crystallography)

Elettra allocated users


FERMI proposals by country


European Union



    • Italy52%
    • Germany23%
    • Others7%

Our Research Assets

The main assets of the research centre are two advanced light sources, the electron storage ring Elettra and the free-electron laser (FEL) FERMI, continuously (H24) operated supplying light of the selected "colour" and quality to more than 30 experimental stations. These facilities enable the international community of researchers from academy and industry to characterize structure and function of matter with sensitivity down to molecular and atomic levels, to pattern and nanofabricate new structures and devices, and to develop new processes.

Every year scientists and engineers from more than 50 different countries compete by submitting proposals to access and use time on these stations. These are selected by peer-reviewed by panels of international experts on the basis of scientific merit and potential impact, and the winners are granted valuable access time as a contribution to their research. Because of its central location in Europe, Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste is increasingly attracting users from Central and Eastern European countries, where the demand for synchrotron radiation is in continuous growth, and is part of the primary network for science and technology of the Central European Initiative (CEI).