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The FREIA Laboratory

At the FREIA Laboratory physicists and engineers work on the development of particle accelerators and other scientific instruments. Particle accelerators are essential to enable research in high energy physics, materials science and life sciences. Think of the ATLAS and CMS detectors at CERN served by the LHC particle accelerator or X-ray spectrometers and monochromators for synchrotron radiation as at the MAX IV Laboratory in Lund, which is dependent on an electron accelerator producing the synchrotron light.

Superconducting devices such as radio frequency cavities and magnets are important components of state-of-the-art instrumentation. Radio frequency cavities are used to accelerate charged particles. The FREIA Laboratory is equipped with a high power test facility for superconducting radio frequency cavities including a horizontal cryostat, known as HNOSS. The test facility is used for the development of the superconducting linear accelerator at the European Spallation Source (ESS) in Lund.

The name FREIA is an acronym for Facility for Research Instrumentation and Accelerator Development. The FREIA Laboratory was founded in 2011 and is situated in a 1000 m2 hall next to the Ångström Laboratory. An overview of the layout is given in the figure below.

FREIA Hall, 3d view