First attempt to obtain funding for a synchrotron light source in Spain.


The ALBA Synchrotron project was approved and funded in equal parts by the Spanish and the Catalonian Administration.
For that purpose, the Consortium for the Construction, Equipping and Exploitation of the Synchrotron Light Source (CELLS) is created to manage the ALBA Synchrotron. Joan Bordas is appointed as General Director of ALBA.


Construction begins, after a few years dedicated to the design and the training of a new team of experts coming from Spain and abroad.

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 First electrons out of the ALBA LINAC electron gun are seen.

First electrons were seen out of the electron gun of the ALBA LINAC.

The linear accelerator (LINAC) is installed.



Installation of the Booster and Storage ring.

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First operational test of the Booster is performed. Results show that all the components, subsystems and equipment perform in accordance with the specifications.

ALBA Synchrotron is inaugurated by the President of the Spanish Government, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, and the President of the Generalitat de Catalunya, José Montilla.

Ramon Pascual during ALBA's inauguration  ALBA inauguration


Electron beam in the Storage ring of ALBA. 
First friendly user at the BOREAS beamline (an external researcher helping with the commissioning of the facility). 

Graphic of beam after installation of booster and storage ring.  People celebrating booster and storage ring installation


BOREAS, MSPD, XALOC, NCD and CIRCE beamlines receive their first official users.
At the end of 2012, appears the first ALBA publication, a report containing data collected from the MSPD beamline.
In July, Caterina Biscari is appointed as the new director of the ALBA Synchrotron.

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By the beginning of 2013, the seven beamlines have already received official users.