Andrea Lausi

Bio: Andrea Lausi, Scientific Director, SESAME, Jordan

After graduating in physics at the University of Trieste, Andrea Lausi joined the Surface Science Group of the University of Genova, focusing his activities on atom-surface scattering phenomena. In 1996 he joined Elettra, where he initially participated in the design and construction of the first hard x-ray beamline. 

In the following years, Andrea Lausi presented the scientific case and managed the construction of two more beamlines, MCX and Xpress. As Head of the powder diffraction beamline, he developed instruments aimed to attract both the scientific and the industrial community. At Elettra, he was involved in several international cooperation projects, and besides the responsibility of the Indo-Italian beamline Xpress, he also represented Elettra in several boards and occasions, from the Italian Crystallographic Association panel for Instrumentation, to the Users’ Meetings of the Mexican Synchrotron project. He is also a member of the LAAMP steering committee, and in April 2019 have been elected chair of the RICE working group, connecting the chief communication officers of the European Research Facilities Association.

Since March 1st, 2020, Andrea Lausi is the Scientific Director of SESAME.

Abstract: “SESAME: Introduction and Science”

SESAME (Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East) is the first synchrotron light source in the Middle East of about 60 synchrotrons worldwide. It is governed by an International Council, and it is funded by its member states. SESAME delivers infrared, ultraviolet, soft and hard x-rays, utilised in its beamlines for general scientific purposes. It had become operational in 2018. Currently, there are three operational beamlines which are dedicated to x-ray absorption spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction and infrared spectroscopy studies. Four additional beamlines are in various stages of development, including photoelectron and fluorecence soft x-ray spectroscopy, hard-x-ray tomography and imaging, and a macromolecular crystallography beamline. There can be more than 20 beamlines built at full operations. The beamtime allocation is based on a peer-review process, and it is free of charge for publishable work.