Synchrotron SOLARIS, listed on the Polish Map of Research Infrastructure represents strategic investment supporting the development of Polish science.
It is a unique, multidisciplinary research facility, generating electromagnetic (synchrotron) radiation with unparalleled properties, including extreme intensity, a wide spectral range: from infrared to X-rays, controlled polarization, strong collimation and a individual temporal structure.
The National Synchrotron Radiation Center SOLARIS was established as a result of many years of efforts by the scientific community associated with the Polish Synchrotron Radiation Society.
It is one of thirteen synchrotrons in Europe, the first source of synchrotron radiation in the area of Central Europe.
Offering a wide spectrum of modern research techniques, it opens up new prospects in many areas of basic and applied research, in science, biology, medicine, archeology, art history and others. It is a unique platform for the development of national and international cooperation and acts as an incubator for new technologies.
Recognizing the importance of SOLARIS for development of research in this region of Europe, the Polish government indicated it as the Polish Partner Facility in the CERIC-ERIC Central European Research Infrastructure Consortium.
SOLARIS has been delivering synchrotron radiation to scientists since autumn 2018. Currently, users of the synchrotron can carry out research using four research stations (PEEM, PHE-LIX, XAS, UARPES) and the Titan Krios G3i electron cryomicroscope. Five more research lines are under construction, two of them will be made available to scientists as early as 2021.
Linked with the construction of a highenergy crystallographic line, the experimental hall extension is being built. Eventually, NCPS SOLARIS will provide to researchers over a dozen of experimental stations and enable measurements 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Operating as the Jagiellonian University unit SOLARIS provides open access to its infrastructure to research groups from Poland and abroad.
The Center is located on the Campus of the 600th Anniversary of the Jagiellonian University Renewal.
Access policies and detailed information: https://synchrotron.uj.edu.pl/
Marek Stankiewicz is one of the initiators of the creation of the SOLARIS National Synchrotron Radiation Center and its director.
He graduated in Physics from the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry of the Jagiellonian University in 1973.
While working at the Department of Atomic Optics of the Institute of Physics, he initially dealt with laser spectroscopy. From 1986, when he was appointed Reserach Fellow at the University of Reading (GB), he began research using synchrotron radiation.
Permanently employed at the Institute of Physics of the Jagiellonian University, he developed intensive international cooperation in the field of high-energy molecular spectroscopy, receiving new contracts at the University of Reading and the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, and conducting research at synchrotron centers in Daresbury (GB), Lund (S) and Trieste (I).
He also participated in The UK Attosecond Science Project - devoted to the generation of ultra-short light pulses and the study of their interaction with matter.
In 2009 he was awarded the title of professor.
Appreciating the new, multidisciplinary research horizons available thanks to the synchrotron centers, for many years he supported the initiative to build a synchrotron in Poland.
In 2010, after the Jagiellonian University obtained funds from the Innovative Economy Operational Program for the construction of the SOLARIS National Synchrotron Radiation Center, he became the project manager. After its completion, since 2015 he has been the director of SOLARIS.