Compact Light Source Workshop

8.-9. November, 2018

Location: Kumpula Campus, University of Helsinki, Finland

X-ray light from synchrotrons has provided great advances in science during the last 20 years. Now, similar progress can be made at home laboratories using recently developed compact light sources. We will arrange a workshop in Helsinki to highlight the possibilities and to discuss how such light sources could benefit the Finnish scientific community. The dates for this two day event are the 8th and 9th of November 2018, from lunch to lunch. Please mark down these dates and follow the web page for updates and registration.


Who should be interested?

Those who might use x-rays for imaging, crystallography, scattering or spectroscopy. Students, post-docs, senior researchers, staff. Anyone interested in hearing about new possibilities for x-ray based studies in fields of biology, medical physics, biochemistry, physics, chemistry and materials science.


What is it?

compact light source is a miniature synchrotron that has dimensions in the meter scale and hence fit into university premises. It produces very bright monochromatic light in the energy range of hard x-rays (tens of keV). Photon flux is orders of magnitude higher than from a standard laboratory x-ray source, competing with a synchrotron bending magnet. It provides new opportunities, e.g., for preclinical imaging in medical physics, biology, macromolecular crystallography, and materials science.



Registration is free of charge.

Registration has ended!



Students have a possibility to obtain 1 ECTS credit.


Invited speakers include:

  • Kai Nordlund, Dean of the Faculty of Science: Opening words
  • Martin Dierolf, Munich Compact Light Source, Technical University of Munich, Germany
  • Benjamin Hornberger and Martin Gifford, Lyncean Technologies, US
  • Marie Jacquet, Laboratoire de l'Accélérateur Linéaire, University of  Paris-Sud, France
  • Jukka Jernvall, Institute of Biotechnology, University of Helsinki
  • Maija Vihinen-Ranta, Department of Biological and Environmental Science, University of Jyväskylä




NOTICE: The room for Friday is now the same as for Thursday (CK112)!


8.11. Thursday
Exactum, CK112
11:00 Registration: Exactum, first floor, next to stairs going down to CK112

Kai Nordlund; Faculty of Science, University of Helsinki

Opening words


Simo Huotari; Dept. Physics, X-ray lab, University of Helsinki

History of x-ray synchrotron radiation in Helsinki


Martin Dierolf; Munich Compact Light Source, Technical University of Munich, Germany

The Munich Compact Light Source as a tool for biomedical research


Benjamin Hornberger and Martin Gifford; Lyncean Technologies, US

The Lyncean Compact Light Source: Principle of operation, performance and applications

14:10 Break

Marie Jacquet; Laboratoire de l'Accélérateur Linéaire, University of Paris-Sud, France

Intense lab-size Compton X-ray sources - the ThomX projectIntense lab-size Compton X-ray sources - the ThomX project


Jukka Jernvall; Institute of Biotechnology, University of Helsinki

Hitting the limits of imaging and understanding of tooth matrix formation


Rikkert Wierenga; Biocenter Oulu and Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, University of Oulu

Protein crystallization and structural enzymological studies of human collagen prolyl 4-hydroxylases


Maija Vihinen-Ranta; Department of Biological and Environmental Science, University of Jyväskylä

Virus transport through the chromatin network


9.11. Friday
Exactum, CK112

Arttu Miettinen, Paul Scherrer Institute / CIBM EPFL, Switzerland

Faster and larger: Breaking the limits of X-ray tomography


Mikko Finnilä, Institute of Biomedicine, University of Oulu

Seeing lower hierarchical levels of musculoskeletal system allows better understanding of osteoarthritis pathogenesis

Discussion and closing
12:00 Lab visit: Tour at the Kumpula Campus Accelerator Laboratory



Instructions for the arrival to the Kumpula Campus can be found here. The lectures will be given in the Exactum building (Pietari Kalmin katu 5). It can also be reached from the Physicum building (Gustaf Hällströmin katu 2).

Helsinki City Journey Planner: HSL

The way to the registration desk and Exactum CK112 will be guided.


Organization committee:

From the University of Helsinki, Department of Physics, X-ray lab:

  • Simo Huotari
  • Heikki Suhonen
  • Hanna Help-Rinta-Rahko
  • Julia Viljanmaa
  • Henrik Mäkinen


Financial support:

Doctoral Programme in Materials Research and Nanosciences (MATRENA, University of Helsinki)

More information on the program will follow in due course.  Please stay tuned!